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1.31.2013

EUROPEAN COMMISSION STEPS UP FOR THE BEES

"The European Commission has proposed that member states restrict the use of certain classes of pesticide that are believed to be harmful to bees."

"Three pesticides would be affected -clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam. Farmers would be banned from using them with sunflowers, oilseed rape, cotton and maize.
Commission spokesman Frederic Vincent told BBC News the measure was based on the latest scientific advice.
"We have requested a proper scientific assessment of neonicotinoids from Efsa. They came up with some concerns, some kind of worrying assessment. So now we are saying to members we have some scientific evidence that there are some concerns from those pesticides and the effects they might have on bees," he said.
The Commission wants restrictions in place by July and the measures will be reviewed after two years. There are already bans in place in France, Germany and Slovenia."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21277933