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A report released by Greenpeace shows that about 80% of the flowers and ornamental plants sold in Europe contain pesticides harmful to bees. For the study, the environmental organization analyzed 35 species - such as violets, forget-me-nots and lavender known to attract insects - in ten countries. In 98% of the samples there were traces of chemicals, but not all hazardous.

The survey showed the presence of neonicotinoids, pesticides harmful to bees, in almost half of the plants analyzed. In 2013 the European Union decided to restrict the use of the substance for two years, but the measure does not apply to ornamental plants. Greenpeace warned that a third of all food consumed in the world depends on pollination from bees.

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