The European Union Monday moved to ban three pesticides to protect dwindling bee populations. Photo: A honeybee pollinates a female almond flower with pollen from an adjacent male tree. It takes 92,000 bee colonies to pollinate Paramount Farms' 46,000 acres of almond trees.
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.