It’s World Bee Day 2023!
It’s World Bee Day 2023!
“Bees and other pollinators are fundamental for the health of ecosystems and food security. They help maintain biodiversity and ensure the production of nutritious food. However, intensive monoculture production and improper use of pesticides pose serious threats to pollinators by reducing their access to food and nesting sites, exposing them to harmful chemicals, and weakening their immune systems”. (https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day)
As we recognize World Bee Day on 20th May 2023, we take a look at Agricultural technology patents in pollinator-friendly agricultural production that support the critical role of bees in the global ecosystem.
US2020000069A1 Prevention of diseases in honeybees and reduction of pesticide residues in beeswax.
US2018288977A1 Beehive status sensor and method for tracking pesticide use in agriculture production.
US2021177963A1 Method and System for Protecting Honey Bees from Pesticides.
US2022152128A1 Bee gut microbial formulation for use as a probiotic for improved bee health and pathogen resistance.
These patents highlight some of the technologies being developed to create sustainable, integrated agricultural practices that help to conserve and protect bees; which will be key to ensuring the health of our planet.
What can we do to support the health of our pollinators?
According to the United Nations there are many steps we can take to make a difference to our pollinators. A few are described here, but for the full list on how to support the health of our pollinators go to https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day
- As an individual, plant a diverse set of native plants, which flower at different times of the year,
- As farmers reducing, or changing the usage of pesticides; and
- As governments and decision-makers, by strengthening the participation of local communities in decision-making, in particular that of indigenous people, who know and respect ecosystems and biodiversity.
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