Biological impact

Proven impacts

The harmful impacts of electromagnetic waves for pollinating insects is already proven. Research undertaken by Dr Daniel Favre, Professor of Biology from the University of Lausanne has confirmed that electromagnetic waves from mobile phone handsets have a negative perilous impact on the behaviour of bees, in particular their swarming instinct.


Mobile phones were placed in close proximity to bees and equipment was set up to record the sounds they produced. These were then analysed. More than 83 experiments close to beehives produced the same effects. “When the phones rang, the sound of the bees increased considerably, which is the signal for them to leave their hive. The worker bees then lost their sense of direction, became disorientated and were subsequently unable to return to their hives thus ‘abandoning’ the queen bees, the larvae and young bees” explained Dr. Favre.  It has been established that leaving a mobile phone close to a beehive resulted in the collapse of the colony within 5-10 days (Sahib Pattazhy 2009).


Potential impacts

There have been a large number of studies into the dangers linked to man-made non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation for human health (i.e. the radiation emitted from mobile phone towers, WIFI, smart meters, wireless devices, etc.) with evidence of harm to diverse plant, wildlife and animals. While certain scientific studies argue that there are no negative impacts, other scientific publications have clearly documented that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) affect living organisms at all levels with harm to human health from radiation (for example, an increased risk of cancer, physiological stress, DNA damage, neurological damage, learning and memory deficits, impacts on general well-being, etc.). There were such a large number of scientific studies illustrating the harmful biological effects from electromagnetic radiation that in 2017, 180 scientists launched an international appeal warning of the potential health effects of 5G, which would lead to a massive increase of mandatory exposure to wireless radiation. (As at November 2019, there are 261 signatories to the Scientists’ 5G Appeal).

Electromagnetic-hypersensitivity (EHS)

EHS is a sensitivity to electromagnetic fields (EMFs). EHS is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) but not in Switzerland. EHS is thought to touch around 10% of the population in Europe. Already back in 2004, 5% of the Swiss population claimed to suffer from the effects of electrosmog according to a survey conducted by the Federal Environment Office of Switzerland (OFEV).


Medical Doctors and scientists, who have no conflict of interest, are calling for EHS to be recognized as a medical diagnosis.