"Bee-Harming Pesticides Banned in Europe"

"EU member states vote in favour of continent-wide suspension of neonicotinoid pesticides."

"Europe will enforce the world's first continent-wide ban on widely used insecticides linked to serious harm in bees, after a European commission vote on Monday.

The landmark suspension is a victory for millions of environment campaigners concerned about dramatic declines in bees who were backed by experts at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). But it is a serious defeat for the chemical companies who make billions a year from the products and also UK ministers, who both argued that the ban will harm food production.

'Today's pesticide ban throws Europe's bees a vital lifeline, following a massive campaign backed by 2.6 million people,' said Iain Keith, at Avaaz. 'Europe is taking science seriously and must now put the full ban in place, to give bees the breathing space they need.'"

Damian Carrington    reports for the Guardian April 29, 2013.


"Insecticide Firms in Secret Bid To Stop Ban That Could Save Bees" (Guardian)

"Lochhead: Don’T Ban Pesticides Until Bee Risk Known" (Edinburgh Scotsman)

Source: Guardian, 04/29/2013