Neonicotinoid pesticides which are "linked to the decline in bee populations" are to be banned throughout the EU:

Bees: European Union Forces Pesticides Ban

This ban is coming from the EU and is in the teeth of opposition from the British Government. To be frank, the EU is usually a bigger menace to the environment and just about everything else (including democracy, security, and the sovereignty of national governments) -- and is, besides, so corrupt that its accounts don't bear looking at.

But for once they've come down on the right side. One wonders why the British Govt have fought this ...

Greenpeace chief scientist Dr Doug Parr accused the British government of "being in the pocket of big chemical companies and the industrial farming lobby".
Hmm, yes, maybe that's why.

What people don't seem to realise is that bees don't just make honey: they pollinate plants. If all the bees died we really would be in trouble.