In 2013 Costco and PAm launched the first Costco/PAm scholarship awards. Costco has an admirable commitment to sustainability, and is a champion supporter of honey bee research, recognizing it as an investment to ensure an ethical and sustainable food supply.
Investing in research that has real and practical impacts on the sustainability of both honey production and crop production is the foundation of the Costco/PAm partnership. We often think of sustainability in terms of resource management, but another component of sustainability is developing intellectual expertise by supporting those who will help in the future: tomorrow's bee scientists. The students who receive this PhD scholarship bring new energy, ideas, and expertise to the fold of scientists pushing the fronts of bee health research across the globe. They will become the leaders who innovate and support the next generation of beekeepers and pollinators.
Morgan Carr-Markell's research is giving us a better understanding of honey bee behavior and forage activity which will help us improve the way we manage bee nutrition, conservation, and forage plantings.
During my time managing the Seeds for Bees program I have seen cover crops positively impact our food system in many ways. Working closely with beekeepers and growers has allowed me to witness the benefits to bees and the land first hand. But our goals are not only to have seeds in the ground and good nutrition for bees today. They are also about helping to plant the seeds of sustainable land management and healthy bees for generations to come.