22 May

Countries across the European Union – including the UK – vote to ban the outdoor use of three bee-harming pesticides

 

The EU has agreed to ban a group of insecticides that have been linked to a dramatic reduction in bee numbers.

Experts from the body’s 28 states agreed on Friday to ban the use of three toxic neonicotinoids, six years after the European Food Safety Authority concluded that the chemicals were harmful to bees. The outdoor application of imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam – the world’s most widely used insecticides – will be banned from all fields in EU member states within six months.

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