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Solution by: BioBee

Beneficial Bugs for Reducing the Use of Pesticides  The beneficial insects bred by BioBee are reducing the use of chemical sprays and pesticides in thousands of hectares of greenhouses and on open fields around the world.

SOCIAL Eliminating pesticides would protect millions of farm workers from exposure to hazardous chemicals and ensure a safer food supply.

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ENVIRONMENTAL The company claims that it can achieve an 80% reduction in pesticide use in the cultivation of sweet peppers and strawberries, among other crops.

BioBee breeds insects that do the work of harmful pesticides by attacking the pests that damage crops. These include predatory mites, bugs, lady beetles, and wasps that are grown at BioBee’s facilities and shipped to farmers worldwide to be deployed as biological pest control in their fields. Using its sterile insect technique, the company also reports that it can reduce 70% of chemicals needed to control Mediterranean fruit fly populations that harm citrus, fruit, and olive trees, among other crops. BioBee also offers natural pollination in the form of large quantities of earth bumblebees, which are packed in hives designed especially for easy deployment in fields. This approach can reportedly result in a 25% increase in yields compared to manual pollination of tomatoes. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION?

ECONOMIC Beneficial bugs mitigate the threat of pesticide resistance, which costs the USA $1.5 billion annually. 2

The use of pesticides has been associated with bird, fish, and other wildlife losses, as well as groundwater contamination.1 The emergence of pests that have developed resistance to common pesticides is also an issue of great concern. Consequently, reducing dependence on these chemicals through the use of insects represents a promising opportunity for more sustainable food systems.

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Pimentel, David. “Environmental and Economic Costs of the Application of Pesticides Primarily in the United States”. Environment, Development and Sustainability. Springer. 2005. 1, 2

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