Bayer CropScience has launched a major initiative called “Feed a Bee” to increase forage for honey bees and other pollinators. The campaign’s goal is to create a diversity of bee-attractant plants by planting 50 million flowers in 2015. To accomplish this, Feed a Bee will educate consumers about pollinator food shortage. Furthermore, a goal of the initiative is to work with 50 organizations to plant thousands of acres of cover crops for bees.
Feed a Bee was designed to help bees not only to be better nourished, but also to thrive. They play an important role in pollinating many of our fruits, nuts and vegetables, such as apples or almonds. This is particularly important as the world population is expected to grow to over 9 billion people requiring 70 percent more food by 2050. Improving honey bee health is key, but lack of diverse sources of pollen and nectar is a major obstacle.
“Reduced bee habitat has decreased food options for bees at a time when agriculture and apiculture must work together to feed more people than ever,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP North America. “The Feed a Bee initiative provides opportunities for everyone to be a part of creating more forage for these amazing creatures.”
On the initiative’s website anyone in the USA can request free seeds to plant. If you do not have the space to do so, you can also ask the Feed a Bee partnership to plant seeds on your behalf.
Visit the Feed a Bee website to request free seeds to plant yourself.