The European Commission has announced a temporary suspension of three types of neonicotinoid pesticides due to concerns the products are endangering bee populations.
EU member states last month reached no conclusive decision after the release of a European Food Safety Report questioning the impact of the three pesticides, clothianidin, thiametoxam and imidacloprid, on bee health.
Because a "qualified majority" was not reached among member states, the decision was deferred to the European Commission, which said it would go ahead with the restrictions, despite an appeals committee vote in which only half of the states supported the proposed ban.
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