We aren’t really sure why, but we’re are calling it colony collapse disorder. Adult bees just up and abandon their hives. They fly away and never come back. And it’s been devastating to the US commercial bee market. The West Coast has been hardest hit, with up to 70% of the bee populations being lost in certain areas.

Our best guess as to the culprit to the bee decimation? No surprise here – it’s us. Scientists think that cell phone signals are disrupting the bee’s internal navigation. Bee’s have amazing path finding abilities that we’ve never fully understood, and we think our cell signals are disrupting them. Which means that things like the nation-wide roll out of a wi-fi network would pretty much be the end of bee in the States.

Economically, bees are responsibly for some 14 plus billion dollars of domestic pollination each year. Which means their plummeting numbers are only going to worse the world’s skyrocketing food prices. Manufacturers that rely on bee honey and other bee pollinated crops have already put up more than ten times the amount of research money that the government has. Haagen Dazs alone has put up over a quarter of a million dollars to further research on the mystery.

To quote Einstein on this -

If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!