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Since a year ago honey has been part of my daily diet. About two months ago my provincial supplier of honey told me that they can resume supplying me only in December, 2008. I never bothered to ask why since I presumed my supplier has plenty of orders to service. Recently, however I read an internet article saying that "the decline of honey bees has become a global issue of grave concern." I became curious why this is so.

Let me share with you some interesting information about honeybees so that you will appreciate why the decline of the honey bee is attracting worldwide attention : -

* Do you know that honeybees pollinate the agricultural crops that we eat including a long list of nuts, fruits and vegetables;

* Do you know that there are various reports and researches from different countries showing that tens of billions of bees and millions of bee colonies have died after becoming disoriented and failing to return to their hives;

* Do you know that the rapid decline of the honeybee population is known as "colony collapse disorder" (CCD);

* Do you know that there is one ice cream manufacturer that is donating US$ 250,000.00 to two universities to fund research into the bee "colony collapse disorder" (CCD). This ice cream manufacturer says that bees are responsible for 24 of its 60 flavors;

* Do you know that the devastating disappearance of honeybees may be contributed by the radiation emitted from cellular phones. Some scientists believe the radiation produced by cellular phones may be enough to interfere with the way bees communicate with their hives. Simply because cellular phones may create a resonance effect that interferes with the movement patterns bees used as a kind of language. Causing disorientation of the magnetite in their bodies that they use to orient themselves to the earth. In my earlier articles in this column I wrote about mobile phone radiation and its association with a range of health hazards to human beings including cancers.

* Do you know that even base stations of mobile phones are harmful to honeybees. There have been experiments showing the behavior of bees returning to their hives near base stations of mobile phones. …

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