By Brigit Strawbridge

BeeThe push for a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides – believed to be linked to a dramatic decline in the populations of bees and other pollinators – mobilised millions of European citizens, some of them for the first time, says Brigit Strawbridge

On Monday 29 April 2013, EU member states voted to support the European commission’s proposal to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides for two years.

Campaign groups and individuals across Europe joined forces to call upon their governments to ban or restrict the use of neonicotinoids. People who had never before taken action in this way, wrote letters to their MPs and plucked up the courage to go into garden centres, DIY stores and supermarkets to ask questions about products that contained the pesticides implicated in bee decline.

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