29 Apr '13, 12pm

EU votes in favour of ban on bee-killing pesticides: BusinessGreen *only a temporary ban, need globally

EU Member States have voted in favour of temporarily banning pesticides linked to bee deaths, despite opposition from some countries including the UK. A vote during an appeals committee meeting this afternoon found the majority of countries in favour of the ban, although there was no qualifying majority. As a result, the European Commission can now proceed with plans for a two-year ban of three neonicotinoid chemicals that have been shown to harm bees when sprayed on plants. FURTHER READING Scotland on course to meet 500MW community renewables goal Case Study: Sainsbury's and the UK's greenest convenience store Tonio Borg, Health and Consumer Commissioner, said he would to his "utmost" to protect bees which contribute more than €22bn annually to European agriculture. "Although a majority of Member States now supports our proposal, the necessary qualified majority was not r...

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