Two divisions of biotech giant Bayer this week announced very different Earth Day sustainability tie-ins.
Bayer HealthCare announced earlier this week that it had brought 1,450 sheep to its Richmond, Calif., campus to help manage the 17 acres of the site's landscaping.
The other big announcement from Bayer this week follows on the pesticides and herbicides front:
At the United Fresh Conference in Las Vegas, John Smith, the director of Bayer CropScience's Horticulture Region, announced a $1.1 million dollar, 4-year endowment for a new the Center for Global Produce Sustainability.
Details are more than a little sketchy, but the Center will be a part of the United Fresh Research & Education Foundation, a non-profit arm of the United Fresh Produce Association. For the next year, the Center will work on developing a vision for sustainable agriculture, and the following year will be focused on spurring innovations for both growers and supply chain partners.
Of course, when talking about agriculture and sustainability, supply chain issues are critical: the complexity and world-spanning nature of many food conglomerates' supply chains is one of the main causes of the many recent food recalls and contamination outbreaks (a common enough occurrence that the UFPA's website has listed on its home page a training on how to deal with a recall).
We'll be keeping our eyes on this initiative to see what comes out of it, but in the meantime it's good to see the big boys like Bayer CropScience talking about -- and putting some money toward -- sustainability issues.
Sheep images CC-licensed by Flickr users law_keven and Tambako the Jaguar.