Bee Health

A healthy and vibrant level of biodiversity is essential for agriculture.


Biodiversity: Essential for Agriculture

Biodiversity is essential for plant breeding and crop diversity. It sustains the ecosystems that underpin fertile soils and plant pollination, helping farmers grow healthy food.

The interconnectedness of agriculture and nature is at the heart of our commitment to help biodiversity flourish as part of the Good Growth Plan. Syngenta is committed to enhancing biodiversity and soil health on 7.4 million acres of rural land every year through 2025.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, more than three-quarters of the world's food crops rely in part on pollination by insects and other animals. Furthermore, between $235-$577 billion worth of annual global food production relies on direct contributions by pollinators.

Collaboration will be key to preserving biodiversity. Ensuring a sustainable food supply requires each of us to play our part in preserving our land – and protecting pollinators and other beneficial insects.

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.

Pollinator Habitat Builder

Pollinators are essential for food production and biodiversity. To celebrate all that pollinators provide consumers, build a custom pollinator habitat and share it on social media.

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National Pollinator Week Wrap Up



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Syngenta Commitment to Bees

Syngenta is working with beekeepers, relevant authorities and other interested parties to focus on bee health. We are committed to protecting pollinators and are involved with a number of initiatives locally and globally to support bee health.

Operation Pollinator

This global Syngenta program helps pollinators thrive by creating essential habitats and forage on commercial farmland, golf courses and other landscapes. Operation Pollinator is one example biodiversity in action.

Stewardship

Protecting pollinators begins with product stewardship. At 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.

Bee Benefits

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.

Bee Fun Facts

Did you know…1 out of every 3 mouthfuls of food we eat and beverages we drink is produced by insect pollination? Click here to find out more fun facts about bees.

Additional Resources

Online resources providing additional information about biodiversity, bee health and stewardship.

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There are an estimated 115,000 to 125,000 beekeepers in the United States. The vast majority are hobbyists with less than five hives. The number of total colonies also continues to grow – U.S. honey production in 2018 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 152 million pounds, up 2 percent from 2017. Many commercial beekeepers transport their colonies during the year to provide pollination services to farmers and reach the most abundant sources of nectar.