As a responsible life science company with many years’ experience in bee health topics, Bayer understands that healthy bees are necessary, not only as pollinators for sustainable food production and as honey producers but also for the important role they play in many ecosystems around the world. Pollinators face many challenges, with multifactorial issues contributing to poor bee health. Finding solutions will not be straight forward or easy. We see the health of bees as a shared responsibility amongst multiple stakeholders, and as something that must be collectively tackled. As such, we take our role in this work very seriously. In 2011, Bayer took a strategic decision to establish its Bee Care Program.
This is an excellent central platform to promote bee health and therefore support research and the corresponding product development. It also facilitates discussion and collaboration across all stakeholders with regard to bee health topics. As a company with expertise in both animal health and crop protection, the Bayer Bee Care Program is part of our commitment to bee health. It enables us to combine and better utilize our in-depth expertise and experience in both fields for the benefit of bee health. Its aims are to:
Although the global number of managed bee colonies has increased by approximately 45 percent over the last 50 years or so, overwintering colony losses in some countries in Europe and North America have been a serious cause for concern. Over the last 10 years however, despite high overwintering losses still in some countries, colony numbers have remained relatively stable or increased in these regions as beekeepers have replaced lost hives with new ones.Several factors have contributed to the losses, including parasites, diseases, extreme weather and environmental conditions and also certain agricultural and apicultural practices.
Honey bees (and other pollinators) play an essential role in the pollination of a large number of flowering plants and food crops. Therefore, promoting bee health around the world is something everyone should support: from farmers and beekeepers, to politicians, veterinarians, green industry workers and hobby gardeners.
Read about our Bee Care Centers and learn more about our partnerships and projects.