Poland: Activists protest use of pesticide harmful to bees

August 8, 2018
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An activist holds a placard reading "Stop Pesticides" in front of the Agriculture Ministry in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, protesting against a government decision that allows the use of pesticides that are lethal to bees. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Environmentalists and beekeepers in Poland have staged a protest against the government’s authorization of a class of pesticides that the European Union says poses a serious risk to bees.

Poland’s Agriculture Ministry said Wednesday the temporary permission it gave for the use of neonicotinoids on oilseed rape fields was a response to hot weather that allows “harmful organisms” to develop and destroy the crops.

Greenpeace activists put up a stall outside the ministry that had vegetables to illustrate the value of bees and spread a banner with bees and the word “Help” on it.

They say the value of honey produced by bees in Poland and of naturally pollinated fruits and vegetables amounts to some 4 billion zlotys (940 million euros; $1 billion) each year.

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