150 Million Wildflowers to Celebrate World Bee Day!

Friday, May 20, 2016
By: Dr. Becky Langer, Bayer North American Bee Care Program, Project Manager
150 million flowers planted by Bayer Feed a Bee

Today, on World Bee Day, we celebrate a huge milestone for Feed a Bee.  With the support of hundreds of thousands of people around the country, we have planted 150 million wildflowers to create more forage for honey bees and other pollinators.

This announcement closely follows the one year anniversary of the National Pollinator Strategy, which emphasizes the importance of increasing forage for pollinator health. We are proud to contribute to this country-wide effort to plant more pollinator-friendly flowers, and help make it easier for everyone to support pollinators with Feed a Bee.

What is Feed a Bee?

In early 2015, Bayer launched Feed a Bee to help make it easier for people to get involved in supporting bees.  We initially set out to plant 50 million flowers, and with the help of our partners across the country, were able to plant 65 million flowers! This year, we raised the bar, and set out to double that number.  We have been thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response to Feed a Bee.  Today we are excited to announce that we have reached 150 million wildflowers! We are incredibly proud of the support and collaboration across the country to make such a positive impact on bee health.

Thank you for participating!

In the last year and a half, over 500,000 students, gardeners, and bee enthusiasts all over the country planted wildflower seeds to increase forage.  Additionally, over 100 diverse organizations across the country partnered with Feed a Bee – helping to plant more acres, gardens, yards, plots and roadsides that provide bees with the food they need to thrive. We appreciate so many diverse people and organizations working together to plant wildflowers across the country.

Why do we plant flowers?

Planting flowers is so important because bees need to eat! They are facing a lack of abundant and diverse foods, and everyone can do something to help.  Through Feed a Bee, Bayer is working to increase forage for bees (and other pollinators) at a time when agriculture is relying on them more and more to help produce enough food to feed a growing world population.

The world population is expected to grow to over nine billion people by 2050 and will require 70 percent more food! It is important to keep these bees and pollinators healthy and well fed, so they can continue to pollinate the crops we need to have affordable and nutritious food.

How can I help?

We have reached 150 million seeds, and we are still planting! You can still order a free seed packet to plant this spring at FeedABee.com.  Please share photos of your planting experience with the hashtag #FeedABee.  And if you don’t have a green thumb – fear not – you can “tweet a bee” to feed a bee! All you have to do is tweet #FeedABee and the bee emoji 🐝, and we will plant flowers on your behalf.

Thank YOU for helping us exceed our goal and plant 150 million flowers for pollinators.  Thanks to your support, honey bees and pollinators will have more delicious food to eat close to home.


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