Biopesticides: A Better Alternative for a Healthy Future
For decades, the metaphorical story of the “Birds and the Bees” has been told to children in order to explain sexual intercourse. Since honey bees are an important part of the fertilization process among plants, also known as pollination, this story is a good way of speaking openly about the subject without using technical terms. When a honey bee lands on a flower, their feet slip into little grooves that hold pollen sacks which they carry with them until they land upon another flower. Once landing on another flower, the pollen falls out of the sac enabling the plants to fertilize and sexually reproduce. For this reason, agriculturalists welcome the presence of honey bees among their crops. National Geographic reported “an estimated 14 billion U.S. dollars in agricultural crops in the United States are dependent on bee pollination.” But within the past several years beekeepers have found a high population of weakened and dying honey bees. The last report of a similar issue occurring amongst the honey bees, was due to a parasitic bug called the varroa mite, but this time researchers have not found any such mite or pest and are beginning to suspect that the use of pesticides are the cause of this bee epidemic. The following research here will show how chemical pesticides are harmful to the environment, animals, and humans and why agriculturalist and household products should use the alternative non-toxic biopesticide.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a pesticide is defined as “any substance or mixture of substances intended for: preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest.” Pests are living organisms that occur where they are not wanted or that cause damage to crops or humans or other animals. Examples of pests are insets, mice, weeds, or fungi. Since pesticides are often referred to the types of pests they control, they are divided into four...
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