Posted on August 27 2019
There seems to be a mad rush to install the latest 5G EMF technology around our country. I am wondering who has done the investigations into, and given the OK for, this technology? More importantly, who will take responsibility for the health and other consequences that could result? The responsible approach should be that any such damage must be avoided — at all costs.
Already there is growing concern and resistance to this technology from many communities around the world, including in the USA. In some cases, countries have pressed the pause button.
Rather than getting submerged in scientific discussion, let me quote from two academic sources:
Professor Martin Pall, Washington State University — “5G rollout is absolutely insane”, and the “stupidest idea in the history of the world”.
A retired Harvard scientist of applied physics Ronald Powell, Ph.D., says: “there is no safe way to implement 5G in our communities; rather there are only ‘bad ways’ and ‘worse ways’ . . . and rather than argue about who should have control over its deployment, we should focus on preventing its employment altogether.”
Again, I ask who is responsible? And, where is the scientific evidence for the safety of this new technology?
One thing is for sure; those who make such decisions or avoid fulfilling their responsibilities appropriately will not suffer any penalty unless they and/or their families suffer the consequences.
But there is neither satisfaction nor justice in that. We will all, individually and collectively, pay the price, likely for generations to come.
Footnote response from a Ministry of Health spokeswoman:
5G is simply a new application of radio technology. Existing research on the possible health effects of radiofrequency (RF) fields applies as much to 5G as to any other radio system in use. Measurements of 5G sites in Australia have shown that exposures are similar to those from 3G and 4G, and very far below health-based exposure limits.
The Ministry of Health monitors new research in this area and participates in a World Health Organisation project to assess the health effects of electromagnetic fields.
A lot of research investigating the possible health effects of RF fields has been published, and health and scientific bodies around the world have reviewed such research thoroughly. The reviews are carried out by groups that collectively cover the range of disciplines needed to make an informed assessment, rather than by individuals. They take a systematic approach so as to be as objective as possible in their conclusions.
More information on 5G and health is available here: www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/environmental-health/radiation-environment/cellsites
You can download independent monitoring reports commissioned by companies that operate cellsites at Cellsite monitoring.
An interagency committee monitors research into the health effects of radiofrequency fields. Find out more at Research into non-ionising radiation.
NZS 2772.1:1999 Radiofrequency fields – Maximum exposure levels sets out limits for exposure to the radiofrequency radiation. Find out more at Radiofrequency field exposure standard.