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Katie Haggerty   (Source: Kira Horvath)

Aspen Trees  (Source:

Honey Bee  (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica's Advocacy for Animals)
Cell phone and other electronic use has depleted aspen seedlings and honey bees

Katie Haggerty is a woman with no academic degree from Lyons, Colorado, but she has published an environmental research paper in the International Journal of Forestry Research about the harmful effects radio waves have on aspen seedlings.

Haggerty started studying electromagnetic fields 20 years ago. She had heard of a preliminary

experiment conducted near her home north of Steamboat Mountain that aspen seedlings were healthier when shielded from radio waves.  

Sometime in 2005, she saw that her geraniums were stunted and had an inkling that it may have had to do with radio frequencies, since she placed her plants in a Faraday cage, which is covered by a metal screen that prevents radio frequency energy from "hitting" the plants. Haggerty's inkling was correct, since her geraniums were suddenly growing at a faster rate with larger leaves.

She first planted the aspen seedlings in 2007, where one group was in a Faraday cage, another was wrapped in fiberglass that didn't protect the plants from radio waves and the third group was completely unprotected. The procedure began in spring, and by the end of July, there were noticeable differences in growth. Once October approached, even the colors varied.

"I found that the shielded seedlings produced more growth, longer shoots, bigger leaves and more total leaf area," said Haggerty. "The shielded group produced 60 percent more leaf area and 74 percent more shoot length than the mock-shielded group.

"The leaves in the shielded group produced striking fall colors, while the two exposed groups stayed light green or yellow and were affected by areas of dead leaf tissue. The shielded leaves turned red, which was a good sign. The unshielded leaves in both exposed groups had extensive decay, and some leaves fell off while they were still green."

According to the U.S. Forest Service researchers, drought conditions are likely the cause of death for thousands of acres of aspen trees in Colorado. While Haggerty recognizes that her study is only a preliminary experiment, she argues that the surrounding area is "saturated" with radio waves from televisions, radios, microwave ovens, weather radar and cell phones that are contributing to the demise of these forests. 

"It appears that there may be negative effects on the health and growth of aspens from the radio frequency background," said Haggerty.

But trees are not the only victims falling dead to radio waves. According to researchers at Chandigarh's Panjab University in India, radiation from mobile phones is a key factor in the decline of honey bees throughout Europe and the United States. The experiment was conducted by putting two cell phones that were powered on for a total of one half hour per day inside one bee hive while putting dummy models of cell phones in another. Three months later, researchers found a severe decline in honey bees in the active cell phone infested hive. In addition, the queen bee in the powered cell phone hive produced less eggs.

Whether it's plants or bees, researchers and everyday citizens like Haggerty alike have proven that radio waves have an adverse effect on the surrounding environment and hope that it will change the point of views of doubters and help find ways to protect the environment.

Haggerty's paper sparked interest in Wayne Shepperd of the Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station, and he had Haggerty present her data at the regional conference on forest decline in Fort Collins in 2008. From there, the paper was accepted at the North American Forest Ecology Workshop at Utah State University and is now published in the scientific journal. 

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RE: also...
By JonnyDough on 7/9/2010 12:47:54 PM , Rating: 0
A few things:

It isn't all about us, its also about the ecosystem we rely on. Honey bees don't just make honey, they are also responsible for pollinating the plants we harvest from. Radio saturation is going to cause famine even if it doesn't give us cancer. Famine can kill faster than most forms of cancer. Even if our food production drops X% and we export X% less, there will be small nations that will not be getting enough of our exported food that they require to survive.

Radio wave saturation is a known contributor to cancer.

Electric-magnetic rays even from a wall outlet can increase your odds of cancer. Long term studies have never been done because mobile electronics are relatively new. The general public has become oblivious guinea pigs. I for one, don't use a cell any more than I have to - and I'd prefer to live in the country far from all types of pollution any day of the week over a city. Try wearing a cell phone attached to your hip everywhere you go for 25 years straight and see if you get a cyst. Or do nothing but chat on the phone and see if you don't develop brain cancer. I have a feeling we're going to see head, hand, etc. cancers shoot through the roof in coming decades.

You just talked about poor diet, yet at no time since this nation was founded have Americans eaten such a variety of foods as a result of importation. In that respect it has actually improved. However, we have never eaten so many chemical preservatives either - such as EDTA which is comprised of formaldehyde (perhaps the most cancer causing agent known to man) and cyanide (a poison). Never before have we eaten so many processed foods.

You mention "people" drinking more soda/coffee than water today. By "people" you mean Americans or Western civilizations. In many developed countries they still drink good old H2O as a primary means of quenching thirst, and in poorer nations like Haiti clean water can be virtually unheard of. I would even venture to guess that we still guzzle more water here in the U.S. than carbonated drinks and coffee combined. Clean drinkable water is next to free here in America and last I checked we were in a financial crisis.

RE: also...
By JediJeb on 7/9/2010 3:55:37 PM , Rating: 5
- such as EDTA which is comprised of formaldehyde (perhaps the most cancer causing agent known to man) and cyanide (a poison). Never before have we eaten so many processed foods.

Not sure where you are getting this from, but just looking at the structure of EDTA there are functional groups of carboxylic acids that could be considered formaldehyde but not in the form of the molecule as is. Also cyanide is a double bonded Nitrogen to Carbon which is not present in EDTA. Also Benzene is probably more cancer causing than formaldehyde, as are many other compounds. Many of the structures you are pointing out as being in EDTA are also present in the proteins and hormones found in our bodies that we can not live without. Also there are compounds called isothiocyanates which are cancer preventors found in foods lie broccoli that have structures much like EDTA.

While EDTA is not benign it is also not some horrible poison as you make it out to be. So many chemicals have gotten bad press when they do not deserve it, yet others are never heard of that are very lethal.

RE: also...
By jhb116 on 7/9/2010 7:01:12 PM , Rating: 1
This is all bunk - radio waves are do not cause cancer. They cause people to boil and can cook popcorn and other food - but not cancer.

They are probably the leading cause for GW though. Certainly much more than CO2.... :)

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