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EU to ban pesticides in bee scare

April 29, 2013

The European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue.

There is great concern across Europe about the collapse of bee populations.

Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides are believed to harm bees and the European Commission says they should be restricted to crops not attractive to bees and other pollinators.

Wild species such as honey bees are said by researchers to be responsible for pollinating around one-third of the world's crop production.

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