22 Jul '13, 5am

E.U. bans another bee-killing insecticide via @grist

E.U. bans another bee-killing insecticide via @grist

Shutterstock This sort of bee behavior is safer in Europe than it is in America. Bees of America, please don’t take this the wrong way, but it might be time to buzz off to Europe. The European Union will limit the use of yet another bee-endangering insecticide, part of its efforts to protect pollinators from agricultural poisons. The use of fipronil, a nerve agent produced by German company BASF and widely applied by farmers to kill insect pests, will be outlawed on corn and sunflower seeds and fields across Europe. From Reuters : The restrictions take effect from Dec. 31 but seeds which have already been treated can be sown until the end of February 2014. The ban follows similar EU curbs imposed in April on three of the world’s most widely used pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, and reflects growing concern in Europe over a recent plunge in the population of honeybees c...

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