Bee Part of the Buzz for Environmental and Agricultural Change

MONTREAL, April 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A recent report warns the world that the ongoing decline of our pollinators, like bees and butterflies, if not addressed immediately, may have an apocalyptic effect on our world food supply.

Pollinators, including some 20,000 species of wild bees are essential to hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of crops each year – from fruits and vegetables to coffee and chocolate. However, according to the report released by a group affiliated to the United Nations, two out of five species of invertebrate pollinators, such as bees and butterflies are on the path towards extinction.

What's more concerning is the fact that the cause of our pollinator crises cannot be narrowed down to a single source. Villains include; pesticide use; habitat loss due to development; disease, parasites and pathogens; and global warming.

For years, A.Vogel has partnered with various local and national organizations to enhance national awareness levels and efforts to save our bees and butterflies.

Their third annual Spring campaign "Bee-Cause We Care!" will be launched at this weekend's Green Living Show in Toronto and has already started to flood Canadian health food stores, with the goal of buzz creation and to raise funds for the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF).

For every Allergy Relief product sold, A.Vogel will donate a portion to the DSF to support their award-winning programs that are protecting pollinators by reducing the harm caused by pesticides and spurring the creation and enhancement of pollinator habitat in communities and infrastructure corridors, like rail, road and hydro right-of-ways, across the country.

"The perilous plight of wild bees, honeybees and other pollinators has galvanized unprecedented attention and interest in pollinators," says Faisal Moola, Director General of the David Suzuki Foundation. "Together with the support of companies like A. Vogel and thousands of concerned citizens across the country, we will continue bringing bees and butterflies home to our neighbourhoods."

"At A.Vogel, the preservation of nature and community involvement are at the core of our values. Given our commitment to organic and sustainable farming initiatives and our dedication to the environment, the on-going plight of bees, is a cause that we hold dear to our hearts. We are pleased to partner with the DSF this year and look forward to a successful campaign designed to get all Canadians to Be Part of the Buzz," said Mackie Vadacchino, CEO.

The A.Vogel Allergy Relief, Bee-Cause We Care campaign was sparked by the link of pollen to allergy sufferers and the type that the bees create, which are responsible for both the nourishment of the environment and our own.

Allergy Relief is a licensed, clinically proven, all-natural product that comes in 3 formats, tincture, tablets and nasal spray and can be taken by children aged 1+ and pregnant/nursing mothers according to health care professionals.

Last year, over $2000 was raised for the Canadian Wildlife Federation. This year's campaign will run from May until the end of June.

The history of a successful brand

A.Vogel was founded in Basel, Switzerland in 1923 by the company's founder and namesake, Alfred Vogel, a phytotherapist, naturopath and a pioneer in natural health. From 1937 Alfred Vogel cultivated and harvested herbs to manufacture remedies from fresh, organic GMO free plants. Today, A.Vogel (Bioforce) has over 500 employees and operates in 30 countries. The company's headquarters remain in Switzerland with subsidiaries in Holland, France, Finland and Canada. A.Vogel's commitment to organic farming methods means they use their own, carefully selected seeds, knowing the history of each plant, and having full traceability.

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CONTACT: For further information: Krista Halton, Public Relations Manager 514-421-3441 ext 255 / khalton@bioforce.caSource: Bioforce Canada