abril 26, 2014

No pesticides, BUG helps the environment

Saying no to pesticides BUG helps Brazilian crops being organic. This company is one of the most innovative according Fast Company, 33th position globally. The relevance is because those two most important crops in Brazil, sugarcane and soybeans. 

Trichogramma galloi

BUG sells basically insects and mites. Trichogramma, for example, provides half of the turnover of BUG by parasitizing eggs of the caterpillar in sugarcane crops.  Their 1st trial was in 2006 when a farmer asked for a sample to recover 200 bushels. It was so effective that he called high the way to ask for enough to help thousand more bushels.

How it works? BUG creates in their labs millions of eggs to pack and send to the buyer. The package is biodegradable and full of baby wasps. Each envelope must be left in a plant around 65 feet from other pack. Less than 5 days after many the distribution many wasps will fly to find caterpillar's eggs to eat.

Each little envelope has 2,000 eggs.

The company has already replaced pesticides in 35 thousands of bushels between all customers. For example, sugarcane in Maranhão, soybeans in the Midwest, strawberry in the Espirito Santo, flowers and peppers in Minas Gerais, melon in Rio Grande do Norte, and cotton, corn, and tomatoes.

If you think there is of an uncontrolled growth risk, don't worry. Wasps live only for 10 days, and they are natural predator of this caterpillar.

Bug's lab

Bug's lab

Isabela: Brazilian, designer, works with automotive fabrics in the US. She did psychology college as well and had enjoyed a lot. She is living abroad for while, maybe because this she likes trends, cultures and behaviors.

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