Bavarian Bees

BERLIN — Averting a referendum, the leaders of the two governing parties in Bavaria, Germany, said Wednesday they would back a plan by environmentalists to save bees and protect biodiversity.

Criticized by farmers, the plan supported in February by over 18 percent of the region’s electorate, about 1.75 million people, calls for Bavaria to banish many pesticides from a third of the state’s agricultural land and to set space aside to protect imperiled insects.

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