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(via Pesticide makers propose plan to help bees | Environment | guardian.co.uk)

Syngenta and Bayer, top producers of the pesticides blamed for a sharp fall in bee populations around the world, have proposed a plan to support bee health to try to forestall a European Union ban on the products.

EU governments failed this month to agree a ban on three widely used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, but the European commission is threatening to force one through unless member states agree a compromise.

The commission proposed a ban after the EU’s food safety watchdogEFSA said neonicotinoids posed an acute risk to honeybee health, although it found no link between use of the pesticides and the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.

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