Tellico Lake Rotary News – Thursday, June 8
Speaker: Dave Case, National Key Account Management – Bayer Crop Science
Program: Our newest club member delved deep into his career with Bayer Crop Science, one of the world’s leading innovative companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and nonagricultural pest control. Dave first talked about the importance of honey bees and the fact that the bee population in the world is strong and growing in spite of attacks by disease and parasites over the past 10 years.
Dave stressed how large companies like Bayer are planning to help farmers meet future food demands as the world’s population continues to grow. He give us insight as to what “sustainabilty” is and gave us a better understanding of “Organic” vs. “Conventional” farming.
We also learned that there are only 9 GMO foods found at our markets: Apples, Potatoes, Corn, Canola, Alfalfa, Soybean, Rainbow Papaya, Sugar Beet, Summer Squash. The remaining fruits and vegetables we buy and eat are non-GMO.
Attendance: 14 Members, 2 Guests from Germany and 1 Visitor
We were privledged to have a visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Bad Bergzabern, Silke Hohaus-Wensauer. Silke brought her close friend Klaudia Sippel-Mahr with her as they spent 2 weeks with Silke’s God-parents who live in Tellico Village. We enjoyed a wonderful time with them as Silke shared that she is a bee farmer herself.