European lawmakers vote to strengthen bee protection

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SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament on Wednesday blocked a diluted proposal by the 28-nation bloc's executive arm on protecting bees from pesticides, arguing it didn't go far enough. European lawmakers adopted a resolution urging the European Commission to "table new legislation based on the latest scientific and technical knowledge." They said the Commission weakened its initial proposal due to the opposition of 16 member states which did not want provisions in the draft on how pesticides should be tested to protect bees from chronic exposure. European lawmakers said the Commission only kept provisions protecting bees from acute exposure. The Commission's draft, they said, "remains silent on chronic toxicity to honeybees, as well as on toxici
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