The European Union says it will move ahead with measures to better protect dwindling bee populations after the 27 nations in the bloc failed to agree on a common stand.
EU Consumer Commissioner Tonio Borg said Monday that his agency will propose restricting the use of three pesticides as of Dec. 1 for two years unless decisive new information becomes available.
Environmentalists welcomed Borg's promise to act despite the mixed messages from EU nations. Borg said that bees, which pollinate crops and produce honey, contribute more than 22 billion euros ($29 billion) a year to European agriculture.
Major chemical producers were against Borg's proposals.