Now more than ever, we need to work together to restore public trust in the scientific experts that dedicate their lives to ensuring public health and safety.
Recently, I received a letter from foodwatch International, being critical of how Bayer and others in the industry provide crucial products and services to farmers around the world, especially in low and middle income countries. Whilst I take any criticism very seriously, I am extremely proud of the highly responsible work of Bayer and other innovation-driven companies to protect the health and safety of people and the environment as we all work to ensure a safe and affordable food supply.
At Bayer, safety is our #1 priority. It is embedded into everything we do. We are committed to developing and stewarding safe solutions for farmers to meet social, environmental and economic needs of societies around the world. Just as we do not back away from the planet’s most pressing issues, we do not shy away from questions and concerns. While you can read my more detailed reply here, I am sharing some of those commitments below.
We recognize that there is increased conversation happening on the impact of pesticides on human health and the environment. Farming communities often face many challenges, including extreme weather, weeds, insects and plant disease. Pesticides are an essential tool that helps farmers overcome these challenges to produce enough food on existing farmland, which can reduce pressure on surrounding lands – and on the biodiversity those lands support. Driven by a vision of health for all, hunger for none, we believe we can work together to address the interrelated challenges of ensuring a resilient food system and promoting safe, sustainable agriculture.
I’m honored to lead an organization firmly committed to safe products, safe use of those products, innovation and trust. These five commitments are core to our business:
Bayer is, and will remain, committed to developing safe, innovative and sustainable solutions for agriculture, and welcomes an open, transparent dialogue with all stakeholders involved. Because as our population continues to grow, it will take all of us collaborating and working together to feed the world without starving the planet.