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Monday, 29 April 2013

EU to ban pesticides that might harm bees. Reading and listening lesson

Level: Advanced / C1

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The European Commission will limit the use of pesticides which are linked to bee deaths.

A:
Read this article about the problem and them answer the following questions:
1) How many countries voted for the ban?
2) When does the EU want the ban (moratorium) to begin?
3) What percentage of the world's crops are pollinated by bees?
4) Which countries already have restrictions on the main chemical (neonicotinoids)
5) Who is against the ban?


B:
Now watch this short video (three minutes) and answer these questions:
1) Pete Douglas has seen his colonies ''decline                                     '' (00:05 in the video)
2) Emma Hockridge says that neonicotinoids have a big impact ''on                                                        and                                               '' (00:43)
3) According to Mike Brown, the other factors affecting bees are ''                                          ,                        and                                    '' (01:01)
4) They have studied bumble bees and found ''no                                             '' (01:20)
5) Chris Hartfield says that neonicotinoids are a useful group of pesticides for ''                        and                      ''



Answers below!






ANSWERS!


A:
1) 15
2) No later than December 1st this year
3) Around one-third
4) France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia
5) Chemical companies and pesticide manufacturers


B:
1) Pete Douglas has seen his colonies ''decline  drastically  '' (00:05 in the video)
2) Emma Hockridge says that neonicotinoids have a big impact ''on  honey   bees  and  wild   pollenators  '' (00:43)
3) According to Mike Brown, the other factors affecting bees are '' weather conditions  ,  pests and diseases  and  colony management  '' (01:01)
4) They have studied bumble bees and found ''no  adverse    effects'' (01:20)
5) Chris Hartfield says that neonicotinoids are a useful group of pesticides for '' farmers  and  growers  ''

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