In a Bid to Save Bees, Europe Bans Some Pesticides

Bees congregate on a honeycomb in the colony of beekeper Reiner Gabriel in the garden of his home in Blankenfelde, Germany Photograph by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Europe’s beekeepers scored an improbable victory over agrochemical companies today when the European Commission announced this morning it will enforce a partial ban on a trio of commonly used pesticides suspected of killing off honeybees in huge numbers. The restrictions, which could go into effect as soon as Dec. 1, would be the largest ever on a class of pesticides widely used by farmers and gardeners.

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