EU states undecided on pesticide ban to protect bees

A bee collects nectar from a sunflower on a field near the northern Swiss town LeibstadtBRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments failed to reach a decision on Friday on whether to ban three widely-used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, the European Commission said. "No qualified majority was reached, either in favor, or against the text," the Commission said in a statement, adding it would now consider the next steps. Sources close to the discussions said 13 EU governments voted in favor of a ban and nine voted against, with five countries including Britain and Germany abstaining. …