You may not think you can do much to save the honey bees, which continue to die in alarming numbers worldwide. But you can take a stand in your home landscape by banning a class of pesticides that are especially harmful to bees.
The European Union votes to give honey bees a reprieve from a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, long suspected of triggering massive bee deaths that threaten agriculture worldwide. The pesticides are still be allowed in the United States.
Several years ago researchers pinpointed a class of insecticides known as neonicitinoids as having an especially devastating impact on honey bees. Now, European scientists said they are convinced that the neonicitinoid pesticides pose a clear threat.