The recent global die-off off bee colonies has been another side of the rapidly shifting global food system. If the spread of wireless infrastructure turns out to be a culprit in damaging delicate apiaries, things could get a lot more complicated. Oh, the law of unintended consequences.
It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.
They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world – the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon – which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe – was beginning to hit Britain as well.