European Union countries have backed a proposal to ban all use outdoors of insecticides known as neonicotinoids that studies have shown can harm bees.
|The move follows a number of studies linking the use|
of the insecticides to population declines in bees.
The ban, championed by environmental activists, covers the use of three active substances — imidacloprid developed by Bayer CropScience, clothianidin developed by Takeda Chemical Industries and Bayer CropScience as well as Syngenta's thiamethoxam.
Read Laura Webster’s story from ABC News - “EU votes for outdoor ban on common insecticide over danger to bees.”