Pollinator Pledge campaign and video showcase Bayer’s commitment to bee health during this year’s National Pollinator Week
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (November 19, 2013) – In celebration of the contribution pollinators make to the world’s food supply, Bayer launched a week of activities for National Pollinator Week and hosted employee, community and Congressional events to increase awareness of the importance of pollinator health. To emphasize the essential role pollinators play to sustainable agriculture, Bayer published a video that showcases the Week’s events and celebrates the success of the Pollinator Pledge social campaign.
For the second year, Bayer hosted its Pollinator Pledge to increase awareness around the significant role of pollinators in facilitating modern agriculture and pollinating backyard gardens. Bayer pledged to donate $1 for each person who requested a free packet of wildflower seeds to start a pollinator garden. The success of the initiative allowed Bayer to donate $10,000 to the non-profit Pollinator Partnership in support of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), a tri-national collaboration in which diverse stakeholders work to protect and conserve all pollinating animals.
“National Pollinator Week provides Bayer the opportunity to increase education and awareness of the importance of pollinators,” said Robyn Kneen, North America bee health project manager. “This video summarizes the Week’s events and showcases our excitement in the success of the Pollinator Pledge and other social initiatives.”
Bayer’s National Pollinator Week activities commenced with a Congressional reception in Washington, D.C. The event gathered Congressional staff to honor Illinois beekeeper, Steve McNair, with the first Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award, an honor presented to an individual who exemplifies a commitment to bee health in the community. McNair is the director of development at Salem4youth, which is a therapeutic residential program for at-risk young men ages 12-18 years old that mentors and supports families in crisis.
The Week’s activities concluded at Bayer’s Kansas City, Mo., facility with an event for employees and their families designed to promote pollinator health education and understanding. During the event, Bayer provided an interactive and educational experience through its Bee Care Tour exhibit.
For more than 25 years, Bayer has been actively involved in finding solutions to improve honey bee health and this effort continues. In May, Bayer broke ground on its North American Bee Care Center, which will serve as a gathering place for researchers, bee experts, students and other visitors to meet regularly with leading Bayer scientists on issues involving bee health. Earlier this year, Bayer conducted a mobile Bee Care Tour, a six-state, 2,000-mile tour to university agriculture schools to provide best management and stewardship practices when planting treated seed to growers, beekeepers and others. More than 2,000 people visited the Bayer mobile bee care exhibit.
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