Matthias Wuethrich of Greenpeace agreed that more needed to be done to save the bees.
"A ban on a few hazardous pesticides is only a very limited safeguard," Wuethrich said. "The disappearance of bees is just a symptom of a failed agricultural system based on the intensive use of chemicals, serving the interest of powerful corporations like Bayer and Syngenta."
He said the solution was a "paradigm shift to sustainable agriculture and modern eco-farming practices."
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