Stewardship

Resources

Without bees and other pollinators, many of the crops that our products are designed to protect would not exist. Since pollinators play a vital role in maintaining a healthy and productive agricultural system, we all have a vested interest in protecting their health.

While there is no such thing as zero risk and some pesticides can be toxic to bees, it is important to note that bees are recognized as beneficial insects and not the target organisms of these products.

Regulations

The pesticide registration process requires a number of scientific studies to evaluate the safety of pesticides to honey bees and other beneficial insects. These data are reviewed by regulators prior to the approval and sale of products in the U.S. and also used to determine label directions and precautions to protect beneficial organisms.

Best Management Practices

Best Management Practices for the proper treatment and handling of insecticide-treated seed are an important part of ensuring a sustainable agricultural system. With the growing concern about the effect of seed treatment dust on pollinators, Syngenta collaborated with other seed companies, seed treatment providers and universities to help develop “The Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship.” Jointly produced by the American Seed Trade Association and CropLife America, its purpose is to provide farmers and seed companies with critical information and up-to-date guidelines for managing treated seeds effectively to minimize the risk of exposure to non-target organisms to ensure safe stewardship.

Syngenta also works closely with its customers to make sure that measures to reduce dust levels are applied throughout the seed care value chain. We have developed a set of Best Management Practices that provide guidance on the handling of insecticide-treated seed (with a focus on corn) in order to reduce exposure to honey bees during planting.

Seed treatment

Syngenta is making many efforts to promote good stewardship regarding pesticides and is a sponsor of the "Pollinators and Pesticide Stewardship" Brochure. Find out more about Syngenta’s commitment to Environmental Stewardship.