EU member states move to ban neonicotinoids after they were linked to bee deaths. Experts say the controversial pesticides lead many bee colonies to die out which threatens the farming industry world-wide.
Three pesticides known to kill bees will continue to be banned following an EU court ruling. But the court did lift restrictions on the use of one pesticide, upholding a complaint from German chemical giant BASF.
The EU has expanded a ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides, now completely barring their use outside. The vote comes after the EU's food safety watchdog found the pesticides pose a risk to bees.
Researchers say a new discovery may help to create pesticides that don't kill bees. But critics say we need to move away from a "chemical mindset" altogether.
The EU banned three types of pesticides after a 2013 EU study found evidence they were dangerous to wild bee populations. The latest study has confirmed that finding and sets the stage for the ban to continue.
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