BAYER: NEONICOTINOID-PRODUCTS SAFE FOR BEES WITHIN LABEL (ENG)

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Dear Newsletter Subscriber, 
The following news item has been released: 
Bayer CropScience on the announcement by the EU Commission:
Restrictions in use of neonicotinoid-containing products is a set-back for
European agriculture
Commission’s plan will not have a positive impact on bee health 
Monheim, April 29, 2013 - Bayer CropScience considers the decision by the
Commission of the European Union to restrict the use of
neonicotinoid-containing products across Europe as a set-back for
technology, innovation and sustainability. In an Appeals Committee meeting
today, only half of the EU Member States supported the Commission’s
proposal for the restrictions. The company believes that the plan by the
Commission will not have a positive impact on bee health. 
The company is concerned that the restriction of these neonicotinoids will
result in crop yield losses, reduced food quality and loss of
competitiveness for European agriculture. This will have a negative impact
on farmers, R&D driven ag companies, the seed industry and the food value
chain. 
As a science-based company, Bayer CropScience is disappointed that clear
scientific evidence has taken a back-seat in the decision making process.
This disproportionate decision is a missed opportunity to reach a solution
that takes into consideration all of the existing product stewardship
measures and broad stakeholder concerns. The further reduction of effective
crop protection products will put at risk farmers’ ability to tackle
important pests that can severely restrict their ability to grow
high-quality food. 
Bayer CropScience remains convinced that neonicotinoids are safe for bees,
when used responsibly and properly, according to label instructions. The
company will work together with all relevant stakeholders and authorities
in the Member States to handle the complex consequences of this decision,
to further support its customers. 
About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company looks back
on 150 years of working to fulfill its mission "Bayer: Science For A Better
Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the
agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is
one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas
of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company
offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds,
innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes
of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable
agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer
CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests
from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global
workforce of 20,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and
further news is available at: http://www.press.bayercropscience.com. 
Find more information at http://www.bayercropscience.com.
More information on the Bayer Bee Care program can be found at
http://www.beecare.bayer.com. 
Forward-Looking Statements
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assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management.
Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead
to material differences between the actual future results, financial
situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates
given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports
which are available on the Bayer website at http://www.bayer.com. The
company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking
statements or to conform them to future events or developments. 
This press release is available here:
http://www.baynews.bayer.de/baynews/baynews.nsf/id/2013-0252-e 
Yours BayNews Editorial Team 
Bayer AG
Communications
Building W11
51368 Leverkusen, Germany 
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