Bald pine trees that were damaged by pine loopers stand near Lieberose in the district Dahme-Spreewald, Germany, 28 April 2015. German Agriculture Minister Schmidt (CSU) visited the pine forest the same day. Especially pine forests in the South of Brandenburg suffer from strong pest infestations. The main focus during the talks between the agriculture minister Schmidt, the forest owners and forestry workers was on the prohibition of insecticides. According to the ministry of agriculture it was discussed in the context of a European directive that prohibits the use of insecticides. Photo: Patri

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Bald pine trees that were damaged by pine loopers stand near Lieberose in the district Dahme-Spreewald, Germany, 28 April 2015. German Agriculture Minister Schmidt (CSU) visited the pine forest the same day. Especially pine forests in the South of Brandenburg suffer from strong pest infestations. The main focus during the talks between the agriculture minister Schmidt, the forest owners and forestry workers was on the prohibition of insecticides. According to the ministry of agriculture it was discussed in the context of a European directive that prohibits the use of insecticides. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa

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