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Agricultural Innovation Making Healthier Fruits and Vegetables With solutions to pests and disease

published Jul 19, 2016

Do you wash your fruit? You probably should.

Modern agriculture is very different today from what it was 100 years ago. There are many kinds of innovative technology responsible for making sure that your local grocery store has plenty of your favorite fruits and vegetables, even if they are out of season or come from halfway across the world.

But for years farmers have used pesticides, synthetic chemicals sprayed on fruits and vegetables to fight off harmful insects, to make sure there’s plenty of produce that will make it to your supermarket. Unfortunately, scientific research has been revealing more and more problems with these pesticides. They can have a devastating impact on the environment and water supply, and have been linked to many troubling diseases in humans, such as ADHD, birth defects, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.

But don’t drop your apples and cucumbers just yet. As scientists uncover more about the dangers of pesticides, innovation marches on, and it turns out there may have been a better answer all along. And it’s hiding in your backyard.

Nearly every animal has a natural predator, or another animal who relies on it for food. Insects and bugs are no different, just take a magnifying glass and look under the leaves in your backyard, there is a whole ecosystem waiting to be uncovered.

BioBee has been leading the way in the biological revolution, researching mother nature’s very own solutions to pests and disease. Biological pest control, or using living organisms to reduce populations of noxious plants and pests, may be our best answer to growing enough safe and healthy fruits and vegetables.

The products the BioBee ships represents some of the most effective mini-predators around. The predatory mite feeds on the notorious spider mite, turning entire populations of the harmful insect into desiccated husks. Parasitic wasps acrobatically inject their eggs inside hapless aphids, who provide a wonderful first meal to new wasps, who slowly eat their way free.

One of BioBee’s most efficient solutions is for those annoying little fruit flies. These Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Medfly) have been devastating fruit crops for years, and are remarkably resistant to chemical pesticides. But instead of spraying them into submission, BioBee has found a way to mass-produce sterile male fruit flies. When introduced into the population, the sterile males mate with the female fruit flies, producing entire generations of eggs that will never hatch. This innovation has reduced fruit fly populations by as much as 70% without spraying a single pesticide on the field.

BioBee’s scientists are hard at work, identifying even more effective solutions for the world’s nastiest pests. They then create the optimal conditions to breed large quantities of helpful predators, and develop ways to easily transport these predators to new environments. By mass producing and shipping mother nature’s most effective solutions across the world, Biobee is helping large-scale farming achieve even better results, all while using less harmful chemicals.

BioBee is doing its part to restore the balance to an ecosystem thrown way out of wack by harmful pesticides, and make sure that your fruits and vegetables stay healthy.

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