The European Food Safety Authority sees neonicotinoids as a danger to bees. The insecticide has been largely banned since 2013. At the end of March, the EU will vote on a complete ban in the field.
Every seventh jar of honey opened daily around the globe is fake honey. As global demand for the sweet stuff grows, bees are producing less as a result of pollution, thus driving up prices and attracting honey fakers.
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.
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.
Many people see insects as annoying pests. But British biologist Dave Goulson cautions: A world without insects is a dull place without coffee and chocolate — and with dead animals and cow patties piling up.
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