Commitment to Action

Healthy Honey Bees: Linking Food Security & the Environment

Commitment by

Monsanto Company

In 2013, Monsanto committed to addressing the collapse of the honey bee population in United States through the implementation of on the ground solutions to restore and protect honey bee populations. This commitment will tackle four key issues: parasites and pathogens, poor nutrition, the use of pesticides, agricultural practices, and the economic empowerment of bee keepers. Our planet's food security is largely dependent on an abundance of natural pollinators; including honey bees, birds, and other insects. Since 2006, honey bee colonies in the United States have been declining at an alarming rate. This commitment seeks to address issues related to dwindling honey bee populations by investing in increased foraging spaces for existing honey bees; funding R&D for solutions to honey bee collapse; training over 50,000 farmers and growers on pesticide stewardship; and training dozens of female beekeepers in the US Midwest. Each of these will promote growth in honey bee populations and provide a mechanism for sustaining healthy honey bee colonies. This commitment is an important step in restoring vital honey bee populations and ensuring sustainable crop yields; a critical need for global food security.

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Commitment

Healthy Honey Bees: Linking Food Security & the Environment

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$4,000,000

Region

Northern America

Countries

Canada, United States

Commitment by

Monsanto Company

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

The Keystone Alliance, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Field to Market, Western Growers, United Soybean Board, Project Apis m., American Beekeeping Federation, National Cotton Council of America, American Honey Producers Association, National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance, Eastern Kentucky University, National Corn Growers Association