Pesticides put bees at risk, European watchdog confirms

 Pesticides put bees at risk, European watchdog confirms

By Helen Briggs BBC

   

 The new study looked at impacts on wild bees and domestic honeybees

Most uses of insecticides known as neonicotinoids represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees, the European Food Safety Authority has confirmed.

The use of neonicotinoids has been restricted in the European Union since 2013, following earlier risk assessments.

Nations will discuss a European Commission proposal to extend the ban next month.

Neonicotinoids are the world’s most widely used insecticide.