Monday, December 15, 2008

Bug Girl’s Blog

Many thanks to Bug Girl! This doctor in Entomology (the scientific study of insects) was kind enough to write a post on us! Check out the Minilivestock post here.

Bug Girl's bug research involves using pheromones to try to control insect populations without pesticides. This is great to hear because humans have created synthetic insecticides for years to create an insect-free agriculture. A concern is that new strains of insects will have to evolve in order to become resilient to these pesticides. As we strive to create a stronger, more potent pesticide than the previous formula, we accelerate the danger to ourselves and the environment.

It is possible to find alternative options to using pesticides. Rather then trying to terminate the insects, people can take advantage of the situation and get by harvesting the crop AND the insects — a 2-for-1 deal. This idea and Bug Girl's research are both possible options to explore. These alternative options can protect agriculture, feed people, and benefit the earth, our health, and safety.

Also, don't forget to check out the rest of her blog to find out more about insects, food, science, rants, and tons of other fun topics. Enjoy!

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