Partnerships that Protect and Promote Bee Health
At Monsanto Hawaii, it’s not unusual to discover a bee swarm in their fields from time to time. A bee swarm happens when a queen bee decides to look for a new home for her hive. When that happens, the company cordons off the area and temporarily halts nearby farming activities until the bees move on after a day or two.
As natural pollinators, bees play a vital role in agriculture, and Monsanto works collaboratively with organizations to protect bees and promote bee health including:
- Project Apis m. (PAm) is a non-profit organization that Monsanto works with to support forage projects that increase natural pollen and nutritious food supplies for bees.
- Honey Bee Advisory Council (HBAC), a group of academics, beekeepers, industry associations and government representatives in the bee community provide insight on challenges facing honey bees and beekeepers to guide research and development efforts for bee health.
- Beeologics LLC, an international firm acquired by Monsanto in 2011, uses research, scientific innovation and applicable solutions to test safe and effective biological products for pest and disease control that ensure the protection of honey bees.
- BioDirect Technology, Monsanto’s newest research and development effort, that works toward developing products that effectively target specific weeds, viruses and insects while not impacting beneficial factors like bees.
This bee swarm, photographed by a Monsanto Hawaii farmer, is one of the many cool things employees get to see on Monsanto’s farms. It serves as a reminder of how important honey bees are to our agricultural environment, and why we continue to collaborate and support sustainable solutions for bee heath.