Bees As Natural Delivery Systems for Pesticides
On paper Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT) (Further details below) has potential, provided of course it does absolutely no harm, short or long-term to #bees, or any aspect of bee and other beneficial pollinator ecosystem!
If BVT could reduce our reliance on current #neonicotinoid pesticide management the world would be a better place.
Technology is a wonderful thing, however! Where there is a technology benefit, something elsewhere usually suffers! Whilst the prospect is very appealing let us not forget that according to the neonicotinoid manufacturers….neonicotinoids are harmless to bees, I also recall someone saying that artificial sweeteners were safe, WMDs were in Iraq and Anna Nicole married for love…!
Bees will not survive another round of technology fallout at their expense!
Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. (“BVT”) (BEE) is pleased to announce the official opening of its new, state of the art production and research facility in Mississauga, Ontario.
The 7000-square-foot facility will house a team of internationally recognised scientists with expertise that encompass crop pest management, soil science, plant pathology and crop disease management and prediction.
Within this new facility, BVT will have the ability to manufacture up to $100 Million worth of products annually to be used within its crop protection and delivery systems.
BVT’s crop protection technologies include tray dispensers that contain a unique carrier agent designed to adhere to commercially reared bees, using them as natural delivery mechanisms through the #pollination process for a variety of pathogen controls. This proprietary process replaces certain traditional toxic methods of chemical pesticide spraying.
BVT CEO Michael Collinson said of the facility’s launch, “This is a major milestone in the commercialization of a solution that has the potential to fundamentally alter how pests and diseases are controlled in the fruit and vegetables we eat. We are fortunate to have a world-class team that has developed this solution. We now have a world class facility that will enable us to scale rapidly and take advantage of significant business development opportunities we are seeing, for a disruptive solution like BVT’s in the national and global food growing industry.”
BVT’s technology is a unique solution which has major market appeal as it directly addresses the rapidly escalating needs of global organic and other growers for biological crop protection,” said CLAUDE FLUECKIGER, BVT Board Member & Syngenta Global Product Biology Lawn & Garden Lead.
The economic advantages of BVT’s technology compared to conventional disease control and pesticide spraying extend far beyond simple cost comparisons. Additional significant benefits of the proprietary system are in the organic certification of produce with a longer shelf life, the system is environmentally friendly, and prevents disease to crops requiring pollination which notably include sunflowers, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, almonds, canola, apples and pears, and a higher efficiency of crop protection.