Biocontrol bolsters the organic food movement
What's in store for Biocontrol Science and Technology?
Insights from the Editorial Team
Organic agriculture is booming; the latest estimates place global organic area at an all-time high, with the market reaching $97 billion and the U.S. comprising the largest single country market ($43 billion) in 2017.
The use of biological control has greatly facilitated the organic movement. A key issue enabling certified organic production is the ability to manage pests and diseases without synthetic pesticides, which have formed the backbone of pest management industry since the introduction of DDT in the 1940s.
Advances in classical, conservation, and augmentative biological control have helped farmers manage existing and new (often invasive) pests organically. The pest control industry has seen a rapid increase in the number of ‘biological based products’ being developed and sold. According to market research, the growth in biopesticides, biostimulants and natural enemies is outpacing the growth of synthetic pesticides by a factor of at least four.
Editor's choice collection
Here, we highlight recent articles from different regions that document the development of important biopesticides and commercial production of natural enemy species for pest management.
These articles provide clear examples on how augmentation biological control is increasingly used in the organic farming movement around the world. We hope that this collection stimulates conversation and cooperation with crop protection and market specialists and others with interests in sustainable farming and healthy food.
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