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Are biopesticides - micro-organisms that fight pests naturally – the promise of a chemical-free agriculture? Farmers all over the world are converting to biopesticides, stimulated by scientific research that is opening up new perspectives. But is the technique risk-free for the environment?
Invertebrates, insects, mites, fungi, bacteria, viruses … these living mini-organisms that scientists are studying in great detail worldwide, will here make light work of pests. Today they are our best hope of a pesticide-free agriculture that is so harmful to man and the environment.
So are biopesticides revolutionary? In Europe, Brazil and India, millions of farmers have already adopted bioprotectors. Today, the agro-chemical industry is investing heavily in the sector, but promising as it is, the technique is still far from being infallible, and is not entirely devoid of risk to the ecosystem.