Bayer Bee Care Program
Think about the last time you enjoyed your morning cup of coffee or an afternoon snack of chips and some delightful guacamole. Now imagine those moments without coffee beans or avocados.
More than a quarter of all plants consumed in the U.S. are dependent upon honey bee pollination.
Bees play a vital role in our agricultural system, making the care and protection of bees critical to the future of our planet’s food security. Bayer has dedicated 25 years to ensuring the protection of bees through its Bee Care Program.
Bayer’s Bee Care Program brings our extensive experience and knowledge in bee health under a coordinated global initiative. The program includes dedicated Bayer Bee Care Centers in the U.S. and Europe, ongoing bee health research and engagement with key stakeholders about topics such as product stewardship and biodiversity.
Our Bee Care Program includes:
- CARE CENTERS: Fostering discussion and sharing new ideas with beekeepers, growers and others interested in engaging in the conversation on bee health
- COMMUNITY: Building on more than 25 years of providing products to combat bee diseases with new research and development
- STEWARDSHIP: Working with partners to develop new technologies to support product stewardship and sustainable agriculture
Honey Bee Health
Bee Health is a complex issue and there are many factors affecting bees. Our bee health fact sheet provides information on how critical bees are to our agriculture. LEARN MORE >
Forbes published an article titled “Science Collapse Disorder -- The Real Story Behind Neonics And Mass Bee Deaths” that separates the facts from the fiction when it comes to pesticides and their alleged effects on bee health. LEARN MORE ABOUT FACTORS AFFECTING HONEY BEES >
Follow us on Twitter at @Bayer4CropsUS to share why bees are important to you. Also, join us on Flickr at Bayer4CropsUS to see the latest in our bee health adventures!
Bayer Bee Care Centers
Through Bayer’s new Bee Care Centers in the U.S. and Europe, we will further stakeholder collaboration and understanding of the health of bees.
The Centers are designed to include existing and future bee health initiatives, including treatments against new and emerging bee parasites and diseases, as well as the active promotion of bee-responsible use of our products. The Centers will also include state-of-the-art meeting, training and presentation facilities for beekeepers, growers, researchers and educators; as well as a central location for leading researchers and others committed to ensuring the protection of bees.
Bee Health Research
In less than 40 years, the worldwide human population is expected to grow to as many as 9 billion people1. With billions more people to feed, more food will need to be produced over the next 50 years than has been produced during the past 10,000 years.
As the world population increases, the importance for sound research will be instrumental to providing growers and beekeepers with the tools needed to produce enough nutritious food to feed everyone.
Through our research, we are continuously developing innovative bee health solutions. Because bee health is a complex issue, we will continue to develop new solutions to support promising research projects.
Engagement and Collaboration
Innovative research surrounding honey bee health can’t be done in a vacuum, which is why Bayer partners with multiple stakeholders, including beekeepers, growers and crop protection product manufacturers, as well as governments, research institutions, universities, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the general public. Together, we can focus efforts to find solutions that will improve bee health.
1 - http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2008/pressrelease.pdf
In the United States, more than $15 billion of crops are pollinated by bees each year. As part of our commitment to product stewardship, honey bee scientists at Bayer's Bee Care Centers collaborated with growers and industry partners to develop educational tools to help producers select the appropriate seed treatment products and ensure they are used in the most efficient and responsible manner.
The value of bees as pollinators has been known for many years, but unfortunately, this knowledge is not widely appreciated and understood. As we face the challenge to produce more food, fuel and fiber for a growing world population, bees play a vital role in helping farmers establish a healthy harvest in a sustainable manner.
In our ongoing efforts to advance environmental stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices, we perform extensive lab and field studies to investigate the potential effects our products may have on beneficial insects by conducting risk assessments and implementing appropriate safeguards.
Responsible stewardship can only be accomplished by working side-by-side with dealers, distributors, growers, industry partners and other stakeholders.
At Bayer, we are committed to sustaining the future of agriculture.