If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth,
man would only have four years left to live.
– Maurice Maeterlinck
– Maurice Maeterlinck
HELLENIC JUICE INDUSTRY C. DEDES, ASPIS S.A., in collaboration with producer groups, cooperatives, scientific bodies, beekeepers and agricultural consultants, implements the program titled “BEe project 2018”.
The program concerns the investigation, description and implementation of actions aimed at protecting, preserving and enhancing the health of bees in the Imathia region.
The cooperation program “ΒEe project 2018” started in October 2018, following the initiative of ASPIS S.A., in the framework of the implementation of the Corporate Social Responsibility program of the company and in particular the Sustainable Development and Supply of Raw Materials.
ASPIS S.A., recognizing the need to take initiatives that aim at protecting the natural resources, biodiversity and the wider environment in which it operates, has undertaken a series of targeted actions that also contribute to the sustainable development and prosperity of the company and all interested parties.
In particular, in the context of encouraging our suppliers’ farmers to implement practices that aim at sustainable agricultural management and at the same time highlighting the need for the protection of important and vulnerable species such as bee and their ecosystems, the BEe project has been developed.
The main objective of the program is to highlight the positive impacts of the implementation of Good Cultivation Practices both on life and well-being of farmers, but also on the biodiversity and ecosystems around the farms.
The most important “job” for the bees is pollination and helps to transport pollen from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of the same or another flower of the same spiecies plant. Pollination is responsible for 76% of European food production and the bee is considered essential for global food security. Effective pollination increases both the quantity number of agricultural products and their quality.
One of the most serious threats to the bee is the decrease of biodiversity that affects both bees living in beekeepers and wild bees that need undisturbed biotopes to build their nests.
ASPIS S.A., understanding the devastating role of the bee for the planet and humanity, has taken the initiative to develop strategic partnerships with both research institutes and primary sector productive organizations to implement actions that combat the mortality and protect the health of such an important crop pollinator.