ZURICH, March 28Syngenta and Bayer
, leading global producers of neonicotinoid pesticides
blamed for a sharp fall in bee populations around the world,
have proposed an action plan to help unlock a European Union
stalemate on bee health.
The move comes after EU governments failed earlier this
month to agree a ban on three widely used pesticides linked to
the decline of honeybees, although the European Commission could
force one through unless member states agree a compromise.
Syngenta and Bayer say the harmful effects on bees is
unproven and that a ban would cost the EU economy billions.
"This comprehensive plan will bring valuable insights into
the area of bee health, whereas a ban on neonicotinoids would
simply close the door to understanding the problem," Syngenta
chief operating officer John Atkin said in a statement.
(Reporting by Emma Thomasson)