The challenges facing society today have not changed, but have continued to deepen. The world's growing and aging population is driving us to develop newer and better medicines and to provide as much as possible a more adequate and reliable food supply.
Our contribution to a better life
Bayer's business portfolio is currently focused on life sciences and is committed to addressing the challenges in the following areas and parties: prescription drugs, consumer health, animal health and crop science; doctors, veterinarians, farmers and consumers. Our peer companies have never faced a similar situation.
Even in the face of ever-changing and complex challenges, our researchers have never given up. Through scientific innovation, we can meet the main challenges of this era and make the world a better place.
The following seven stories tell how Bayer scientists have used their innovations to continuously improve the quality of life for people around the world.
Common allergic diseases
Thanks to Bayer for help, Jennifer can mobilize all her senses to embrace life.
Up to 30% of adults worldwide suffer from allergic rhinitis, and this number will continue to rise. Complications often affect patients' daily lives. Fortunately, Bayer has developed an easy-to-use product that can cope with these symptoms. By using Bayer products, allergies will no longer affect the quality of life.
Drones have made a significant contribution to digital agriculture.
The world population is continuing to grow, but the amount of available arable land per capita is continuing to shrink. In the long run, if we want to secure the food supply of the world's population, we must increase agricultural productivity. The application of digital technology will increase agricultural productivity by 70% by 2050.
Cardiologist Dr. Anne-Katrin Schätzle examines the condition of her patient, Axel Vogel, at the Cardiology Center of the University Hospital Cologne.
Cardiovascular disease is a major global health problem and the most common cause of death. According to the World Health Organization, almost a third of people die from some type of respiratory or cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction and stroke. With effective prevention, many of these diseases and their often life-threatening consequences can be avoided.
For people who want to maintain a healthy elderly life, such as Henry Cohen, a retiree from the United States, there are currently many products to choose from.
People's life expectancy is increasing. By 2050, the number of people over the age of 60 will double to 2 billion. Therefore, age-related diseases are becoming an increasingly serious social challenge. In addition to cardiovascular disease, the incidence of diseases such as cancer, eye disease and arthritis is increasing.
Resist extreme weather
Rice fields in northern Vietnam: farmers Do Thi Tuyen (Boatman) and Doan Thi Gai from Halong Bay, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam.
Providing food to a growing world population is a major challenge facing the world. By 2050, the total number of people on the planet will exceed 9 billion. However, due to deepening urbanization, increasing soil salinity and soil erosion, the amount of agricultural land available globally is decreasing. In addition, extreme weather conditions, such as droughts and floods, also affect the quantity and quality of crop harvests.
Shrinking arable land
Lu Jiande, a farmer from Yunnan, China, planted grapes and corn in a small field.
At the same time as population growth, the amount of arable land per capita is shrinking. In 1950, the amount of available arable land was 5,100 m 2 / person, but by 2050, the amount of available arable land will be reduced to 2,000 m 2 / person.
Living with Dengue Fever
Rodolfo Siqueira Rodrigues from Ubatuba, Brazil loves water sports. The warehouse technician has had dengue fever twice.
More than 1 billion people suffer from tropical diseases, most of them in low- and middle-income economic groups in Africa and Latin America.