• Greenpeace wants a gov’t timetable for banning pesticides that are killing bees
• NGO says pesticides to blame for decimation of bee populations across Europe
Greenpeace España, the Spanish section of international non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace, has called on the Spanish government to set a clear timetable for banning dangerous pesticides that are killing thousands of bees each year in Spain, around the world.
The NGO has set up a petition online to demand that the government immediately ban the most harmful pesticides, develop a comprehensive action plan to protect bees and other pollinators and establish a clear roadmap to increase the area in Spain devoted to organic farming without the use of pesticides to 7.6 million hectares by the year 2020.
Bee populations in Spain and Europe are experiencing rapid decline, with recent data showing that 46 percent of the 68 species of European bumblebees are in decline and 24 percent in danger of extinction, chiefly as a result of the impact of pesticides and climate change on their habitats.
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