Jan 21, 2013 - BBC NATURE
Biocontrol is an area of biotechnology that involves replacing pesticides with live organisms - fighting nature with nature. (Do They mean returning to what nature has been doing for millions of years. They Can't Claim Credit Here @pdjmoo))
"[Also,] many pesticides are broad spectrum and kill the natural enemies of the pests as well as the pests themselves."
BRAZIL DROWNING IN PESTICIDES:
A number of farmers in Brazil have swapped chemicals for wasps, in a country that has recently outgrown the United States as the largest consumer of pesticides. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21043896
NOTHING NEW HERE:
Biocontrol is an area of biotechnology that involves moving away from toxic chemicals, either by mass-producing a pest's natural enemy or by introducing an exotic species to attack the pest. Currently, biocontrol is receiving a lot of attention, says Dr Toby Bruce of Rothamsted Research in the UK.
"It is increasingly important as EU legislation is restricting the use of conventional pesticides," he says. "Consumers are demanding chemical-free products, and pests are continually evolving resistance to the pesticides currently available... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21043896