Release of National
“A Balanced and Multi-faceted Approach to Enhancing Health of Pollinators”
The President’s Pollinator Task Force released its
report, National Strategy to Promote the Health of
Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, a comprehensive
approach to tackling and reducing the impact of multiple stressors on bee health. Working collaboratively
across several federal agencies, this report provides
a balanced and multi-faceted approach to address the
complex issues involving our nation’s pollinators.
We’re pleased that it mirrors much of the strategy of
the Bayer Bee Care program as well as the efforts of
many of our grower, beekeeper and industry partners.
A major component of the President’s Task Force
strategy involves the expansion of pollinator forage
habitat by restoring or enhancing 7 million acres of land
over the next 5 years through federal actions and public/
private partnerships. This fits perfectly with our Feed a Bee
initiative to grow 50 million flowers and to increase bee
forage areas by working collaboratively with at least 50
government and nonprofit organizations and businesses.
We’re also pleased about new investments in pollinator research. As you know, grower options, consumer
choice and regulatory decisions must be made on sound
science and this strategy will help us improve the science behind pollinator health.
Moving forward, we will want to work with the EPA on
some of the details around their proposals on pesticides.
For instance, like the call for state management plans,
are in our opinion smart policy that will bring together
stakeholders on a local level to tackle these challenges.
However, others, like foliar application of pesticides,
we need a better understanding of the proposal to ensure
that pollinator health is balanced with growers’ needs to
protect their crops.
We welcome this new report from the President’s task
force with its emphasis on collaboration and reliance on
sound scientific principles in dealing the complex issues
like pollinator health. We think the task force took a
balanced approach because of the input of key stakeholders like you. We will look to continue that engagement with you as the process moves forward.
Alan Ayers, Ph.D.,
Director Stakeholder Relations/Stewardship
Lee Hall, Industry Relations Lead
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