Bayer’s Birgitt Walz-Tylla Reflects on Preserving Biodiversity in Ag
What do you think of when you hear the phrase “biological diversity”? Perhaps your high school science class or a visit to a Natural History Museum as a child? Since you may not have thought about biodiversity lately, May 22nd—United Nation’s Biological Diversity Day—is a great time to remember just how important biodiversity is to our planet and how we can contribute to preserving it.
Without Biological Diversity We Cannot Survive
Biodiversity, the variety of living organisms on Earth, is the foundation of our world as we know it—from the ground we walk on to the water we drink to the food we eat. Without it, we cannot survive. Unfortunately, maintaining biodiversity is only getting harder as the world’s population is expected to increase from 7 billion people today to 9.3 billion people by 2050. To feed our growing world, we will need to increase food production by 60 percent. How do we do that without turning our forests and ecosystems into farmland and fields?
How Bayer Supports Biodiversity
For Bayer, biological diversity is all about working to make farming more sustainable so we can preserve the land and the habitats of plants and animals, while meeting the fast-growing demand for more food. We’re working hand-in-hand with farmers around the globe to find new ways to produce more food with less.
Bayer is fully committed to the United Nations’ “Convention on Biological Diversity” and its objectives, including the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components. In honor of Biological Diversity Day, allow me to highlight a couple of the many ways we’re working toward more responsible ag now and in the future.
At Bayer, we believe that together, we’re stronger. That’s why we’re working with farmers around the world to share best practices and innovative tools to make sustainable agriculture a way of life. Specifically, we’re working to integrate responsible practices into every day farm management to protect crops, preserve soil and water quality as well as the habitats of insects, pollinators and birds. We’re proud to partner with farmers around the world that are living these principles every day and proving that sustainable agricultural practices are productive for the world and productive for business.
Did you know that one-third of all crops depend on pollinators like bees? Bayer understands that healthy bees are necessary not only for sustainable food production but also for the critical role they play in many ecosystems around the world. We started the Bayer Bee Care Program in 2011 to promote bee health, support research, and facilitate discussion and collaboration among stakeholders on bee health topics. In our “Feed a Bee” campaign, we’re planting flowers to create more forage for pollinators. And in Latin America, we’re partnering with local researchers and funding studies to examine pollinator biodiversity in local crops. Through these programs, we’re working to improve the health, well-being, and diversity of bees and other pollinators.
We firmly believe in the responsibility of businesses like Bayer to operate in a way that is good for people and good for our planet. We hope you’ll join us today in celebrating biodiversity and considering how we can all do more to ensure the diversity and sustainability of our planet.