In agriculture, there is a need to grow enough for the world’s increasing human population while conserving and even restoring the natural habitats of native plants, animals, and insects. One important way to do this is to help farmers make the most out of existing farmland, reducing the need to turn more habitats into farmland, or even, in some cases, enabling them to return some land back into habitats to preserve biodiversity.
While some animals and insects, like mice and aphids, can be a nuisance on the farm, others are beneficial and necessary for the productive growth of many crops and healthy balance in the environment. That’s why, for example, we encourage pollinator habitat preservation activities both on and off the farm. By establishing wildflower strips and areas linked in a network of biodiversity corridors, farmers can create agricultural landscapes rich in insect and wild plant diversity.
We’re also helping farmers return the land, once used for farming, back to natural habitats through the use of technologies that increase the productivity and health of crops. When farmers can use less land by employing tailored solutions like advanced seeds and crop protection tools, they have an opportunity to set aside land for the conservation of biodiversity. To do this, they repopulate the land with native plants which, in turn, draws native wildlife back to the area.
Pollinator Habitat on Bayer Sites
In addition to working with farmers to create pollinator habitats on farmland, Bayer is promoting the planting of pollinator gardens across the globe and planting milkweed for monarch butterflies on our own US campuses. Homeowners can get involved too by planting native wildflower and milkweed plots in their gardens.
Our long-term success as a company lies not in selling more products, but in providing farmers with the best tools and solutions so they can achieve better harvests, using less water, land, and energy. Sustainable innovation means reimagining how we use natural resources, even as we develop products that protect crops in the safest and most effective way possible. It’s being more efficient with resources and protecting crops to grow more using less.