This is the most alarming sentence, I think
"Hayes doubts it's what's causing nearly half of America's bees to just disappear, but his team at the FDA is checking into it anyway." That's a shocking statement. I agree on everything about "What if it were Cattle, Pigs, Dogs, Cats, etc., then someone would pay more attention - but the rest of the article misses the point. I wonder which lobbyists are blaming the phones, and not the towers, where the problem surely could from?
I think this story FULLY missed the point. I don't think CELLPHONES are the problems (if indeed cell usage is related) but CELL TOWERS and all the other myriad of antenna they carry on them. Satellite dishes, yagi antenna, multiband re-transmitters, microwave and on and on. Unless you've been shocked by radio RF signal (34 years as a ham operator) from even relatively low wattage systems, you probably think it is BS - it is not, radio RF signals bombard us MORE TODAY then ever before, the only reason we don't seem to notice is because they are out of our AUDIBLE frequency - trust me, if you could HEAR all the RF signals, you surely would go insane!
I stand on my back porch roof and I can see 5 (FIVE) cell towers in less than two miles in all directions, THAT is an enormous change from just 5 years ago when only one was erected.
So (if anything) put your cellphones back to your ear while your driving doing 60 in a 40 zone, your not hurting the bees, you're endangering your neighbors - but even-though cell towers are wide spread, just listen to Verizon and Cingular boast about their NATION WIDE COVERAGE - they keep detailed maps of locations (which belongs to who) pretty close lipped. Sorry to say that cellphone has very short range and so anywhere a road is, a tower is today.
I am not on the cell tower bandwagon here, but that article really missed the point - bees aren't coming into contact with cellphones, they are navigating through tower-zones though. That is what the article should have been about. And if they want to waste money on experiments, STOP putting your cellphones in bee-hives and calling that "Science and research", get out the check book and do some real homework.