The European Commission´s decision to restrict certain uses of some neonicotinoid-containing products, which came into force on Sunday, December 1, will not improve bee health in Europe.
Unfortunately, it distracts attention away from the real issues surrounding poor bee health such as the Varroa mite, bee diseases and viruses, and the need to provide more nectar-rich habitats. Regrettably, and as a result, farmers in Europe have lost useful tools to combat pests and diseases.
Bayer CropScience hopes that more will be done at a European level to invest in research and monitoring data to develop strategies to improve honey bee health for Europe.
Our products have already undergone thorough testing for registration and we are convinced that neonicotinoids are safe for bees when used responsibly and properly according to the label instructions. As a responsible company, however, Bayer CropScience asks farmers both to respect the restrictions and continue to actively protect bees and other pollinators which are key to sustainable agriculture.
Safeguarding bee health is extremely important – for the farmer, for the consumer, and for innovative companies like Bayer. We have been directly involved in finding solutions to improve honey bee health for more than 25 years. We have a dedicated Bayer Bee Care Program that includes new tools to combat Varroa mites, research and development of “bee-friendly” crop protection products, and state-of-the-art product stewardship measures. The Bayer Bee Care Centers also act as dialogue and communication platforms to all interested parties.