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BAYER CROPSCIENCE: GOOD NEWS ON NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY
Source: Bayer CropScience news release

Saturday was National Honey Bee Day and the Bayer Bee Care Program is celebrating the recent good news about honey bees which suggests bees are rebounding when compared to previous years.

Honey bees have a tremendous impact in our lives, backyards and communities, including pollinating many of the fruits and vegetables we love to eat. Without them, feeding our families and growing beautiful gardens would be a bigger challenge.

On National Honey Bee Day, there is good news on bee health:

Honey bee populations are stable or increasing globally;

After a long winter, hives on two continents were stronger than in previous years;

The President started an initiative to find ways to improve honey bee health; and

New public/private partnerships are addressing forage and nutrition challenges.

Even with this good news, there remains much work to do as bee experts agree that honey bee health is affected by many stressors. From a lack of food and heavy workload while being trucked from coast to coast pollinating crops to diseases and deadly pests, honey bees are constantly facing obstacles.

There's even the deadly Varroa mite, which has been called "the single most detrimental pest of honey bees" because it sucks their blood just like a giant tick and can ultimately destroy an entire colony. Honey bees are vital to our agriculture and urban landscapes, and it is important that they stay strong.

Bayer knows honey bees are important and is working to keep them healthy. In April, our North American Bee Care Center opened in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The Company also launched an innovative, new product named Fluency Agent that was used to help reduce potential pesticide dust exposure to honey bees during the planting season on more than 3 million acres in North America. Bayer shared the good news about bees during our 2nd Bee Care Tour, which traveled coast-to-coast ending in Washington, D.C. during National Pollinator Week, and Bayer educated thousands about honey bee health in the middle of Grand Central Station in July.

Bayer continues to promote proper use of all its products, including neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoids have helped revolutionize plant and pet protection because of how well they work against destructive pests.

Without these modern products, we would be unable to manage the serious pests that:

threaten our food supply (e.g., citrus psyllid),

devastate our landscapes (e.g., emerald ash borer), and

harm our pets and families (e.g., fire ants, fleas and ticks).

The fact that neonicotinoids can help control destructive pests while protecting our needed pollinators, such as honey bees, is what makes them so essential to pest management programs. There have been more than 100 studies investigating neonicotinoids and pollinators, and, under conditions of practical field use, these products are not harmful to bee colonies.

Honey bees need forage for proper nutrition. Pollinator-friendly gardens are an important way to keep bees healthyYou can do your part too! Plant a bee-friendly garden to give honey bees food to eat and share the importance of honey bees with your neighbors and friends. Keeping bees healthy takes everyone working together to find solutions.

For additional information and background on other sustainability initiatives, please visit http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bayer-initiatives.

Bayer CropScience Twitter Page:
http://twitter.com/bayer4cropsus

Bayer Bee Care Twitter Page:
http://twitter.com/bayerbeecare

Bayer CropScience Blog:
http://connect.bayercropscience.us

Bayer CropScience is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at www.bayercropscience.us.


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