Helping the bees that help Muir Glen
Bees are important to us – and not just BuzzBee, the “spokes bee” for Honey Nut Cheerios.
Bees pollinate Green Giant broccoli and cauliflower, fruit for Häagen-Dazs ice cream and Yoplait yogurt, and they provide honey for Honey Nut Cheerios and Nature Valley granola bars. So we’re working to restore bee populations across the U.S.
“General Mills has been aware of the decline in native bees and honey bees due to diseases and viruses, as well as the decline in their habitat,” says Tom Rabaey, principal scientist in crop biosciences at General Mills. “That’s why we’ve been working on bee projects for three years.”
- Planting native plants next to several California Muir Glen tomato fields to serve as new habitat for bumblebees.
- Planting native plants next to our test farm in Le Sueur, Minn.
- A grant to Conservation Marketplace of Minnesota by the General Mills Foundation to increase bee habitat on 10 more Minnesota farms.
- A 700-acre almond orchard in California to produce “bee-friendly almonds,” funded through a grant from Small Planet Foods and General Mills.