abejaBiopesticides are expected to outpace the growth of chemical pesticides over the coming years and reach $3 billion by 2014. This is according to Pam Marrone, CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI). In a recent statement she points to exciting possibilities in the biopesticide industry. Exciting, because innovative growers are adopting biopesticides, seeing a return on investment and achieving improved performance and safety.

 

“Over the last decade, the use of biopesticides has increased significantly due in no small part to improved performance and safety, reduced residues and shorter and less costly development process. Though the industry continues to face regulatory challenges for registration worldwide, biopesticides are increasingly becoming an important part of overall pest management programs as their performance matches that of chemical pesticides. This is leading to current expectations that biopesticides will significantly outpace the growth of chemical pesticides in the next few years to reach $3 billion by 2014.”

 

In one short statement Pam Marrone succeeds in highlighting the following benefits of biopesticides: Improved performance and safety, Reduced residue, Shorter, less costly, development process, Important part of overall pest management, Performance which can match chemical pesticides.

 

It is noticeable that low environmental impact is not mentioned here. Not that it is not considered important, just that there are now so many other compelling reasons that low environmental impact can be the icing on the cake. The MBI website reminds us that pesticides are necessary. They enhance yields and quality and are part of what makes it possible to feed the world’s huge population. Effective biopesticides can do so with a low impact on the environment. They can even be used in the management of resistance, thus extending the life of some conventional pesticides.

With biopesticides which can compete on performance, their advantages begin to shine through. They work their way through the system more quickly, meaning that workers can return to fields after a shorter time. This reduces labor costs. It also reduces pre-harvest intervals which gives producers greater flexibility.

 

More and more chemicals are being banned or phased out around the world so the incentives for effective bio-alternatives is high. McDonald’s, under pressure from shareholders, recently agreed to reduce its use of pesticides on potatoes. Wal-Mart, SYSCO Foods, and others have major sustainability and sustainable agriculture programs that dictate pesticide use rules for suppliers. Governments in Nothern Europe and the EU itself are particularly concerned to regulate this issue. MBI, while promoting biopesticides, also advocates an integrated approach. Through an integrated approach, biopesticides can continue to prove their value and lead to a safe and effective on-going strategy.

 

Pam Marrone points out that growers who use biopesticides are typically among the more progressive and entrepreneurial growers in their markets and do so because they see a tangible return on investment.

 

These growers find that biopesticide products are: Efficacious, Effective in managing pesticide resistance, Leave minimal crop residues, Permit harvest flexibility, Maintain beneficial insect and mite populations, Ensure worker safety, Promote environmental safety


Fuente: http://greenbusinesswatch.org/blog/biopesticides-finding-their-true-place-in-the-market

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