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A Beekeeper’s thoughts on her bee losses

Posted by seumasach on August 31, 2009

By Marion Lang

May 2009
On mid-summer’s day in 1995 I was gifted a cast of bees by a local beekeeper.     They prospered from the start and in no time at all I found myself the proud owner of several hives.
A year or so later when varroa was found in the vicinity my bees were inspected by Sandy Lister.     I was given the all-clear but warned that my bees would probably have it within two years.
I fitted varroa floors to the hives for easy monitoring and in September 1998 I found my first mite.
Over the years I have used various treatments but only if I felt it was necessary.     Mite levels remained low and presented no significant problem.  The occasional bee showed signs of virus and for a spell I had a number of black hairless bees.   Some hives did not do as well as others but on the whole they still prospered.
In the late 1990s I began to notice environmental changes.    The lapwings once so abundant all but disappeared and the winter geese numbers dropped dramatically.
The crowns of ash trees began to die out.   The leaves on some plants showed signs of DNA stranding and others grew taller and taller as though in search of light.
Farming practices had changed since the mid 1980s leading to an increased use in chemicals but I do not think that would account for all these changes.
I knew about the TETRA trials in the 1990s and wondered if the mast located on Drumcarrow Craig a few miles away could have any bearing but as I had no real knowledge of the technology I dismissed the thought.
September 2005:   I had a classic CCD hive as described on the recent TV programme ‘Who killed the honey bee?’     The hives on either side were unaffected.
Spring 2006:   my bees became very ill-tempered but as the air was full of static electricity and thunder that could account for their behaviour.
In January 2007 the 3G cell-phones were launched.
Spring 2007:   It was very warm with a distinct feeling of electricity in the air.  The willow pollen in my garden failed.    The  strongest hives had large numbers of young bees with deformed wing virus.     I treated for varroa as the bees had been active all winter.   They recovered but there was no surplus honey that year.
In January 2008:  The internet mobile phone arrived.    The afternoon the light changed and there was a ‘duck-egg blue’ hue  for several days.       The increased UV light was probably caused by internet  users trying out their new toys after Christmas.
July 2008:  The Freeview signal was enhanced to allow for extra capacity.
In January 2009 there was a marked increase in high frequency sounds.    Plasma TVs became readily available and more trials for high definition TV began.
Spring 2009.     In mid-March there was some activity in all my hives.    By mid-April that changed and disaster loomed, I had lost three hives.  (1)
My remaining hive was full of bees but on closer inspection I found the queen had recently died, possibly the night before.   There was sealed brood but no fresh eggs.
Thanks to a colleague emergency action has been taken and all we can do now is be patient and hope that we will be able to raise new queens and get them successfully mated this summer.
During this period of time the Taybridgehead mast was being upgraded in preparation for going digital.
It was in January 2007 when I first began to seriously consider that our communication and security systems might be playing a major role in the mounting bee losses being reported worldwide.
The home in which I have lived for many years became an extremely hostile environment to me as did the garden and even my car.     The change was very sudden and a terrible pulsating noise seemed to be everywhere and impossible to escape from.
I eventually identified that the principal source of my discomfort at home was coming from the Angus broadcasting mast which is twenty miles to the north.    Most disturbingly it was sending microwaves straight through the walls of the house which I am able to detect with a microwave monitor.
The authorities visited at my request but were not willing to monitor or offer any advice.     The accompanying NHS consultant told me there was no proof of health risks associated with TETRA or cell-phones!    I was referred to the ICNIRP guidelines. (2)
Interestingly she asked if I knew anything about FM radio    I immediately set about doing my own research.
It was not long before I found that 2005 brought about a number of significant changes which have the potential to adversely impact on all our lives.
The TETRA communication system used by the police was rolled out countrywide despite well-founded doubts over health issues.
The Scottish electrical grid system was connected to the English one.     It is fully controlled from Berkshire now.
Broadband access to the internet became widely available using the existing telephone infrastructure.
TV and radio masts underwent major changes in preparation for the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting.     This process had already started when Freeview was launched in 2003.      For the system to work efficiently on a global basis radio signals need to travel at the speed of light and in real time.      Frequency modulation, digital technology and broadcasting multiplexes make this possible.
I understand enough now to know that any frequency can be modulated thus enabling us to make much greater use of the electromagnetic spectrum than ever before.
It is this sudden and unrelenting increase in radiated vibrations and changes in the polarity of light that I feel is the fundamental problem for my bees.
Electromagnetic waves radiate from the Angus mast like the ripples of a pool when a pebble has been dropped into it.    These waves hug the ground following the contours of the earth and reaching high into the sky.    This fact alone will create a problem for the bees as it will change the plane polarity of light.
If broadcasting radiation is horizontally polarized it affects humans when they are in the horizontal position.      The resonant effects of 100 MHz cause electric currents the highest currents in the middle of the structure (middle of the body).      This happens to me as soon as I go to bed or lie down now.     Many people all over the world are affected in a similar fashion.
In 2008 Mr. Orjan Hallberg (3) and Dr Olle Johansson (4) produced a paper showing that there is a marked increase with immunity problems in humans when exposed to electric currents 100 MHz.    In the west we broadcast in the 87-107 MHz band.
Further studies undertaken by Mr. Hallberg and others indicate problems arise from the continuous disturbance of the immune and repair mechanisms from body resonant radiation.
There is growing evidence that something is disrupting the honeybees’ immune system.
My conclusion is that it all comes down to resonances.       Our basic cell structure is no different to that of the bee.     If we are affected in this way it stands to reason that they could be too.
The problem increases when there are four or more broadcasting masts covering an area.    This is rather bad news for me and my bees as we are covered by no less than seven broadcasting masts without even taking into consideration those used by the military, TETRA  and cell-phone coverage.
In my researches I have asked a lot of questions and read a lot of papers.      I have received no re-assurances at all or found any evidence that my fears are ill-founded.
I would be more than happy to be proved wrong with robust and irrefutable biologically based evidence.
1.  The G20 summit took place during that period which would entail a high level of security involving satellite links and increased defence radar.
2.  International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection
3,  Hallberg Independent Research)
4. Assoc. Prof., Experimental Dermatology Unit, Dept. of Neurosciences, Karolinka Institute Stockholm

One Response to “A Beekeeper’s thoughts on her bee losses”

  1. Many thanks for writing about your experiences.
    I am highly sensitive to high frequency emissions and since the introduction of freeview and digital Tv here, I am plagued by a constant high power ringing in the ears when lying in bed trying to get to sleep.
    When I am standing up it diminishes somewhat.
    I will copy this article and send it to some officials
    Thanks again

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