Bayer CropScience Launches Flower-Growing ‘Feed a Bee’

John DavisAgribusiness, Bayer CropScience, Bees

feedabeeBees are a lot like farmers in the way they play a crucial role in feeding a growing a world population. That’s why the folks at Bayer CropScience have launched an effort called “Feed a Bee,” an initiative to grow 50 million flowers to increase forage for honey bees and other pollinators.

As the world’s most heavily traveled livestock, bees are transported to pollinate crops where resources are challenged to sustain large bee populations. Bees are working harder and need more food and more food diversity.

“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.”

The Feed a Bee initiative will work with people across the country to grow 50 million flowers and to increase bee forage areas. People can join this initiative by visiting and requesting a free packet of wildflower seeds to plant on their own or by asking the Feed a Bee initiative to plant on their behalf. Each campaign packet contains about 200 seeds. As a result, for either seed packet planting action, a supporter will help provide honey bees with 200 additional flowers for forage. Visitors to the site can also commit to growing their own bee-attractant plants. The site features a ticker so supporters can view campaign progress and a collection of shareable facts about bee health and gardening tips.

Feed a Bee will use collaborations with at least 50 government and nonprofit organizations and businesses to plant thousands of acres of flower-producing crops grown between regular crop production periods for bees. Some of those partners include the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, and the Conservation Technology Information Center, among others.