Biorationals and Sustainability
Sustainability is a measure of a system’s capacity to endure. Typically, that measure is comprised of social, economic, and environmental factors.
The sustainability of agricultural production has undergone a great deal of scrutiny. Fairly or unfairly, pesticides are perceived by many consumers as being harmful to public health and the environment. Some governments, especially the E.U. and the U.S., are requiring re-registration of hundreds of pest control products, requiring them to meet more restrictive standards. This has resulted in the loss of many conventional chemistries used widely used in crop protection programs for years.
In the private sector, many food companies have responded to sustainability questions by establishing in-house residue limits that are more stringent than those imposed by their respective governments.
In the face of these challenges, today’s growers are required to produce more food than ever before while at the same time reducing environmental impact. This is where biorationals play a key role. VBC’s biorational products offer growers solutions that can increase productivity with minimal impact on workers or the environment. VBC products include a low risk profile and help to maintain beneficial insect populations such as pollinators. Biorationals also help to sustain the efficacy of today’s softer, conventional chemistries, which may be prone to the onset of resistance when overused.
Sustainability in Public Health
The same dynamics surrounding sustainability and pesticide re-registration in agriculture exist in public health and household pest control markets. The loss of traditional chemistries as well as the onset of insecticide resistance presents challenges for those charged with disease vector management programs.
Biorationals also play a critical role in promoting sustainable public health programs around the world. Mosquito abatement program directors often include VBC biorational larvicides in their integrated vector management programs. These biorationals target mosquitoes in the larval stage – a more concentrated and stationary point in the pest development.
Similarly, biorationals are used to battle forestry pests which can devastate woodland areas. In this way, biorationals help to contribute to the sustainability of our precious natural resources. In all of these areas, pesticides applications are often made in and around areas where people live, work, and play. Since biorationals are highly effective on target pests but are safe to humans and other non-target organisms, they offer sustainable solutions that maximize human potential.