Putting my personal feelings on big agriculture aside for a moment, I find it interesting that Bayer has just launched their "Bee Care Program" initiative. As part of this movement, "Bayer Bee Care Centers" will be opening in the US (North Carolina) and Europe (Monheim, Germany).
The purpose of these new "bee care centers" is to essentially serve as scientific think tanks to consolidate current and future bee health endeavors from Bayer, as well as external partners. It's believed that by offering the facilities, shared dialogues among those involved will lead to new ideas and lead Bayer to solutions for sustainable bee health.
Bayer's Professor Dr. Wolfgang Plischke stated that, "The Bee Care Program and the establishment of the Bee Care Centers will bring Bayer`s extensive experience and knowledge in bee health under one roof and will ensure that dedicated resources for bee health are available."
The decline of bee populations in recent years has led many to point the finger directly at large agriculture conglomerates, but Bayer insists that for the last 25 years, they have been providing products that are specifically designed to ensure bee health.
Sandra Peterson, CEO of Bayer CropScience says, "We make great efforts to ensure that our products can be used in a bee-responsible manner. We do this through researching and extensive testing of our products, thorough risk assessment and the focused stewardship measures we have put in place. Our plans to establish these two Bayer Bee Care Centers further underline our commitment to global bee health."
What are your thoughts on Bayer's new Bee Care Program? Let me know in the comments.