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Bee Health

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Stewardship in Action

Honey bee pollinating canola

Concerns about the potential impact of seed treatment technology on pollinators (such as honey bees) highlight the importance of stewardship and communication.

Syngenta is committed to protecting pollinators and is involved with a number of initiatives locally and globally to support bee health.

Here are a few examples:

Operation Pollinator

Operation Pollinator is a Syngenta program focused on research and partnerships to promote the health and well-being of bees and other pollinators given their essential role in agriculture and nature. The program's mandate is to support activities that enhance biodiversity, habitat and other practical initiatives that contribute to healthy pollinator populations. The program originated in the United Kingdom and has since been expanded to more than 13 countries around the world. It includes both on-farm and off-farm components. Learn more.

Through Operation Pollinator, Syngenta Canada and Dalhousie University, together with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, are partnering on an innovative research project to increase bee populations and blueberry yields in the Maritime Provinces. Learn more.

Syngenta and two Ontario golf courses are piloting a project to transform out-of-play areas into improved habitats for bees and other pollinators. The program is designed to boost the number of pollinating insects on golf courses. Learn more.

Fondation de la faune du Québec

Syngenta has partnered with Fondation de la faune du Québec since 2005 on a project to increase habitat management and biodiversity along rivers and streams in Quebec’s agricultural watersheds. The project works directly with farmers and in partnership with l’Union des producteurs agricoles (the Agricultural Producers Union). Syngenta has made a commitment to work with Fondation de la faune to develop programs that support agricultural watershed areas through 2014. Learn more.

In 2012, Syngenta and Fondation de la faune enhanced the pollinator outreach portion of this project to establish a biodiversity and pollinator habitat demonstration site on farm to showcase co-existence and the beneficial relationship that exists between biodiversity and agriculture. The site is a learning centre for farmers in the surrounding region who can study ways to further protect and enhance biodiversity on their farms. Learn more (French only).

PEI Water and Biodiversity Restoration Project

From 2012 through 2015, Syngenta partnered with the Kensington North Watersheds Association and the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association to fund on-farm activities to restore streams, reduce field run-off and improve biodiversity. Improved agricultural field buffers are important foraging space for bees. Read more about the partnership with Kensington North Watersheds Association and the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association.

Accredited Seed Treatment Operation Standards

CropLife Canada and its members created the Accredited Seed Treatment Operation Standards to provide uniform environmental health and safety practices for the storage and handling of designated seed treatment products in Canada. Effective January 1, 2017, only Accredited Seed Treatment Operators certified under this code will be eligible to receive and apply designated seed treatment products. The standards are aimed to develop and implement improved stewardship practices in the storage and use of the plant science industry’s seed treatment products. Sites must successfully complete an audit conducted by a certified Seed Treatment Auditor to become accredited. Find out more about the Accredited Seed Treatment Operation Standards.


CleanFARMS is an industry-led program to recycle empty pesticide containers safely. Farmers can drop off their packaging at more than 1,100 collection sites where they are appropriately cleaned and managed. This program is being expanded to include seed bags, starting with a pilot project that aims to provide additional methods for safe and proper disposal of used seed bags to help ensure wildlife do not come in contact with packaging material. Learn more.