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18 March 2013

Govts undecided on pesticide ban to protect bees

European Union governments failed to reach a decision on whether to ban three widely-used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees.

European Union governments failed to reach a decision on whether to ban three widely-used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, the European Commission said.

Sources close to the discussions said 13 EU governments voted in favour of a ban and nine voted against, with five countries including Britain and Germany abstaining.

Risk to honeybee health

"Today, Germany and Britain have caved in to the industry lobby and refused to ban bee-killing pesticides," Avaaz campaigner Iain Keith said in a statement.

 
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