At Bayer we understand very well how much pollination matters – not just for the supply of high-quality and affordable food across our planet. A third of all crops we eat are estimated to depend directly or indirectly on insect pollinators, such as bees. That is why Bayer is committed to improving the health of two of the most important pollinators, honey and wild bees; and why we were pleased to support Nature – a renowned interdisciplinary science journal – in producing the editorially independent supplement, Nature Outlook: Bees. This edition aims to provide a comprehensive picture on the current state of knowledge and the hottest areas of bee research. The package – published today – presents feature articles written by science journalists and opinion pieces from leading experts.
“It is my hope that this Nature Outlook edition on bees will contribute to a constructive dialog on bee health,” says Liam Condon, Bayer CropScience’s CEO. Annette Schuermann, Head of Bayer Bee Care Center, adds, “Protection of bees can only be effectively addressed through open dialog and cooperation amongst all stakeholders.” That is precisely what the Nature Outlook edition on bees is doing.
In Nature Outlook: Bees, Bayer’s white paper showcases its proactive contribution to bee health through a wide variety of activities, including the Bayer Bee Care Program to promote and develop solutions to improve bee health, to encourage the bee-responsible use of Bayer products, and to share knowledge and expertise with beekeeping and agricultural stakeholders.
The Bayer Bee Care Centers in Monheim, Germany, and Raleigh, North Carolina coordinate our activities for the Bee Care Program. In addition, our BEENOW Bee Health Magazine shows what can be achieved through projects and collaborations with partners from around the world, where stakeholders are willing to work together and look for opportunities to really make a difference to the health of bees and other pollinators.
As bee health and safety is such a vital issue, Bayer believes that all stakeholders and interested parties should have access to this very special compilation of information on bees. Bayer’s sponsorship will enable the online edition of Nature Outlook: Bees to be made freely available for the next six months until November 20, 2015.