Specific measures in the Common Agricultural Policy to reward farmers for providing habitats for bees and other pollinators could help reverse a drastic population decline that has already prompted European governments to ban neonicotinoid pesticides, speakers said at a conference on Thursday wrapping up EU Bee Week in Brussels.
French MEP Michel Dantin, the main organiser of the event, cited the Concours des Prairies Fleuries [Floral Meadows Competition], designed to encourage biodiversity in French national park land. As well as providing habitats, it is of interest to farmers who can produce higher quality products such as better tasting cheese from cows that graze the land.
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