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  • Writer's pictureAsh Kakish

5G Conspiracy Theories Part 1: Does 5G kill birds?

Reckless speculation or accurate information that the government doesn't want you to know?

The internet has been buzzing with accusations that 5G Electro-Magnetic Frequency (EMF) is responsible for killing thousands, if not millions, of birds.

Is there any accuracy? Let's dive in.

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TLDR (for those that don't want to read the rest of this): No, they don't.

Let's start with a little background:

The 5G bird-killing conspiracy began in 2018 when Erin Elizabeth, a conspiracy blogger, shared a "study" from the Netherlands that claimed hundreds of birds ended after a 5G EMF experiment in November. The author of this study, John Kuhles, shared his findings in a series of Facebook posts even offering pictures of dead birds to help sell it. The only problem is that no such test ever existed. Kuhles' study was discredited by Snopes.

Accuracy be dammed, the internet decided to run with it. Social media conspiracists from around the globe set it off with THOUSANDS of re-shares. This conspiracy even made it into a Bollywood Sci-fi movie titled 2.0, which is all about how technology is ruining our lives. The film features birds dying from 5G EMFs.

Fans of the movie then uncovered this 2012 Youtube video that discusses how communication towers kill almost 7 million birds a year. The video didn't blame EMF and was published well before 5G build-out started, but, again, the internet doesn't need accuracy to whip itself into a frenzy.

Conclusion: Radio frequencies over 10 Mhz do cause disorientation for some birds, this has been proven. But that's about as far as the danger goes. Birds quickly reorient without additional damage.

There is zero evidence that 5G EMFs are killing birds or any other animal.

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