A healthy and vibrant level of biodiversity is essential for agriculture. Most crops depend on various pollinators, beneficial insects to control pests and fertile healthy soil structure. Syngenta is committed to promoting and protecting bee health.
Pollinators are integral in many natural habitats and crucial for the production success of many food crops. Without pollination by bees, farmers, food processors, retailers and even crop protection and seed companies would find it hard to develop and grow their businesses. Consumers would not be able to enjoy locally produced foods, especially fruit, which we all now take for granted.
Syngenta is committed to promoting and protecting bee health. Syngenta is working with beekeepers and researchers around the globe to identify solutions that will improve bee health. The recent reports of honey bee decline have been linked to bee parasites, in particular the Varroa mite, diseases and viruses, pesticides, habitat loss, changes in agriculture practices and urban sprawl, among other factors. We are investing in research and working to better understand what these problems are and develop solutions to address them.
We all have a role to play in protecting the health and well-being of bees.
Bees are vitally important to the sustainability of agriculture. At least one third of the human food supply from crops and plants depends on insect pollination, most of which is done by bees.
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This global Syngenta program helps pollinators thrive by creating essential habitats and forage on commercial farmland, golf courses and other landscapes.
Syngenta, we believe that environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility, including ours. The proper management of land, ecosystems and natural resources is essential for the future of the environment and the sustainability of the agriculture sector.
Syngenta is working with beekeepers, relevant authorities and other interested parties to focus on bee health. We are committed to protecting pollinators and involved with a number of initiatives locally and globally to support bee health.
Online resources providing additional information about bee health and stewardship.
There are an estimated 115,000 to 125,000 beekeepers in the United States. The vast majority are hobbyists with less than 25 hives. The number of U.S. honey bee colonies producing honey in 2012 was 2.62 million (based on beekeepers who manage five or more colonies), up 5 percent from 2011. Many commercial beekeepers transport their colonies during the year to provide pollination services to farmers and reach the most abundant sources of nectar.