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EU seeks two-year ban on neonicotinoid insecticides

8:43 AM MST | February 8, 2013 | —Natasha Alperowicz

Bee sting: Controversy over reasons for declining population in Europe. The European Commission says it wants EU member states to suspend for two years the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides on sunflowers, canola, corn, and cotton—crops attractive to honeybees—and prohibit the sale and use of seeds treated with products containing the insecticides. The proposal is a response to declining bee populations in Europe. The three insecticides, among the most commonly used agricultural chemicals, are clothianidin and imidacloprid, each produced by Bayer...

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