The insects bred and distributed by BioBee help to reduce the use of chemical sprays and pesticides in greenhouses and on open fields around the world.

BioBee breeds insects that do the work of harmful pesticides by attacking the pests that damage crops. These insects are bred and grown at BioBee’s facilities and include predatory mites, ladybugs and wasps. They are then shipped to farmers worldwide to be deployed as biological pest control in their fields.

Using its ‘Sterile Insect Technique’, through which sterilised males fruit flies are released into infected fields to progressively outcompete the fertile male population, the company reports that it can reduce 70% of chemicals needed to control Mediterranean fruit fly populations that harm citrus, fruit and olive trees. BioBee also offers natural pollination in the form of large quantities of earth bumblebees, which are packed in hives designed especially for easy deployment in fields. This approach can reportedly result in a 25% increase in crop yields compared to manual pollination.

Why you should care

The use of pesticides has been associated with loss of wildlife and biodiversity in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Pesticides also contribute to groundwater contamination. The emergence of pests that have developed resistance to common pesticides is also an issue of great concern. Consequently, reducing dependence on pesticides through the use of insects as biological pest control represents an opportunity to develop more sustainable food systems.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Zero Hunger

Beneficial bugs help to reduce the problem of pesticide resistance, estimated to costs USA $1.5 billion annually in lost agricultural yields.

Life Below Water

Pesticides wash into and degrade aquatic systems. The company claims it can achieve up to 80% reductions in pesticide use.

Life on Land

Pesticides accumulate through the food chain, posing a risks to species at the top of the chain. Reducing input contributes to better ecosystems.