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EU Ministers consider bee health

EU Agriculture Ministers plan to finalise their conclusions in May on ways to protect honeybees. The conclusions will be based on a recent report from the European Commission outlining all the measures being taken to halt the decline in bee populations ( Agrow No 608, p 8). The report was presented to Ministers at their meeting in January. Speaking after the meeting, EU Health and Consumers Commissioner John Dalli stressed that studies “have still not pinpointed the source of the problem”. The Commission says that more in-depth assessment is needed in order to establish what action needs to be taken. It is already revising agrochemical data requirements to safeguard bee health, but points out that studies have found no direct causal link between increased bee mortality and pesticides ( Agrow ibid).

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