Syngenta and Bayer, top producers of the pesticides blamed for a sharp fall in bee populations around the world, have proposed a plan to support bee health to try to forestall a European Union ban

EU governments failed to agree a ban on three widely used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees on Friday, but the European Commission could force one through by the summer unless member st

A legal requirement for reduction targets is apparently ignored, as ministers' fig leaf for delaying EU-wide action is blown away by their own chief scientist

A campaign to banish pesticides linked to the fall in bee populations appears to be gathering pace after at least five garden centre chains agreed to remove products blamed for the decline.

The European Commission is fighting a rearguard action to force farmers to work in a way that benefits the environment.

The European Commission has proposed that member states restrict the use of certain classes of pesticide that are believed to be harmful to bees.

Germany's Bayer CropScience blasted a European Commission proposal as "draconian" after Brussels said it wants to suspend all use of neonicotinoids products in crops attractive to bees for two year

The European Commission is considering law to ban pesticides linked to the decline of bees, a spokesman said on Friday.

Campaigners say the conclusion by the European Food Safety Authority is a 'death knell' for neonicotinoid pesticides

Chronic exposure of bumblebees to two pesticides (a neonicotinoid and a pyrethroid) independently and in combination, at concentrations approximating field-level exposure, impairs natural foraging behaviour and increases worker mortality, with knock-on effects for brood development and colony success.