All change in agchems

Strolling through a glasshouse at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, London, the other day; I noticed some strange paper packets hanging from the branches of the exotic trees growing there. Closer inspection revealed the name Syngenta. I’d discovered a biological control device full of organisms which would control pests.

The fact that a world-class garden such as this – with its many research links to mainstream agriculture – is using biopesticides gives an indication just how acceptable and widespread this form of pest control has become.

This is still a tiny sector, accounting for only 1-2% of the $32bn (E22.9bn) global pesticide market. But consultants estimate it is growing by more than 20% year, especially in conventional agriculture.

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