Why Do We Need Companies Like Bayer?

Innovations in medicine, in information technology and farming have led to major societal advances such as increasing prosperity, greater life expectancy and lower environmental pollution.

Over the past decades, agricultural innovations in breeding, crop protection and cultivation techniques have led to huge efficiency increases. For example, farmers growing potatoes in Germany today produce double the amount than in the late 1950s. But we cannot afford to rest on yesterday’s laurels.

The world’s population is set to increase from 7.6 billion people today to roughly 10 billion in 2050. At the same time, the amount of land available per person for growing fruits, vegetables and cereals will continue to shrink steadily. The causes of this include climate change or as well, more and more farm land which is lost in the context of urbanization. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that it will be necessary to increase productivity by almost 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2012.

To be able to feed all of these people, we will have to increase our agricultural productivity dramatically, while at the same time conserving natural resources. This can only be possible by continuously driving scientific innovation. The R&D effort this requires can often only be conducted by large companies that can provide the necessary know-how, qualified employees and financial resources to sustain the required efforts.

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Bayer invests more than EUR 1 billion every year in the research and development of new seeds and crop protection solutions, and employs 5,600 employees worldwide in research and development.

Until 2020 Bayer plans to bring up to 15 new, plant traits or plant trait combinations to market. Several hundred other new seed varieties for vegetables and field crops, representing an enormous innovation potential for agriculture, are also being developed by Bayer at the moment.

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