Biopesticides

The environmental challenges arising from chemical pesticide over-use

During the 20th century, a focus on feeding our rapidly expanding global population led farmers across the world to adopt aggressive agricultural practices – heavy machinery, monocultures and increasing volumes of chemical pesticides. However, as these practices moved further and further away from nature, there were inevitable consequences on our soils, our air and our water supplies. The environmental challenges arising from the over-use of chemical pesticides, in particular, have widespread implications that must be realised and addressed. Our increasing dependency on...

Biopesticides – Biological Alternatives to Chemical Pesticides: The Natural Way

Throughout the 20th century, the use of chemical pesticides was widely adopted in agriculture to control insect pests, weeds, and plant diseases. However, many of these pesticides are now known to be harmful to human health and the environment, leading numerous countries to ban large numbers of these products from being used. This poses the question – how will farmers protect their crops if these products are banned? In fact, a range of solutions already exists, in the form of...