Companies and scientists debate pesticides' effect on bees

03/27/2013 | BBC

Scientists are encouraging pesticide companies to consider their research after they found that two common pesticides, neonicotinoids and coumaphos, may be adversely affecting the brains of honey bees. The European Commission recently halted the use of neonicotinoids after a European Food Safety Authority report found it was a high risk to pollinators. But manufacturing companies are pointing to research, including a paper published by Defra's Food and Environment Research Agency, that finds no link between exposure to chemicals and bee health.

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