French MPs approve 'bee-killer' pesticides for sugar beet farmers


French parliamentarians on Tuesday voted in favour of giving sugar beet farmers, whose crops were diminished this year, a special derogation to use neonicotinoids, a form of pesticide, against rampant aphids and which environmentalists say disrupts bees' reproduction modes and sense of orientation.

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A majority of French MPs have voted to approve a controversial provision authorising the temporary reintroduction of banned neonicotinoids, a class of insecticide, to save beet farmers from ravaging aphids, small sap-sucking insects, reports Radio France Internationale.