20 May is an extraordinarily bee-autiful day
Today is World Bee Day
We at Alpro take a few minutes each day to be thankful for our magical fauna and flora. And bees are a major part of that.
Bees help feed the world. They are the most important food crop pollinators, which means they are super contributors to biodiversity. And the more diverse Mother Nature is, the more robust and resistant she is to serious problems, like climate change. You could say that biodiversity is life insurance for ecosystems.
It is in everyone's interest to both help save and repair biodiversity, so our planet remains healthy and inhabitable.
Biodiversity is in our heart, every day
Alpro is plant-based through and through; ever since our birth in 1980. We have been pioneers in healthy eating and sustainable living since then. In 2012, we added almonds to our plant-based range. With our action plan “Feeding our Future with Plants”, we made a promise to both the planet and our loyal customers. Our roots and ambitions, combined with our willpower, are the forces driving us to succeed. The bees' wellbeing, along with repairing and protecting biodiversity, are an integral part of this.
#ScienceInspires Our action plan is based on the Science-Based Targets for Nature Network that calculates recommendations for Zero Net Loss of Biodiversity. We have started already in 2018 a pioneering pilot on Science-Based Targets for Nature (incl biodiversity) with WWF and scientific partners on 16 representative farms selected. Now we’re implementing the measures with local nature organizations through roadmaps for more biodiversity and context-based water targets setting in almond orchards. Furthermore, we have kicked-off a collaboration with our suppliers and external experts that aims to identify and promote pollinator-friendly products and production systems that will be applied to all our almonds by 2025.
#StrongerTogether We are also working together with almond suppliers to implement bee-friendly technology at our almond farm partners by 2025. The almonds we use in our delicious Alpro products are sourced mainly from small-scale farms in the Mediterranean, Spain and Italy. Rainwater is the main water source; sustainable water consumption is also part of our action plan. In this region, pollination is largely dependent on wild pollinators (wild bees and other flying insects) that are considered important and valuable aids in almond cultivation.
#BeeWellbeing Our almonds are cultivated according to the EU policy for protecting bees and pollinators. This way we can guarantee the health of people, animals and the environment.
Did you know that 75% of the world's food crops depend on pollinators such as bees?*
We're happy to put the bees in the sunlight today.
* UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), The importance of bees and other pollinators for food and agriculture, http://www.fao.org/3/I9527EN/i9527en.pdf