How to feed the world with bio-pesticides vs synthetic chemicals? I Stephen Ford, EcoBio

The market size for glyphosate is $4.4 billion and is the largest single chemical sold in the world.

The Environment Protection Agency in NZ is calling for advice on our use of the herbicide, but removing it completely will take away farmers ability to produce more food in the next 40 years than we have had to produce in the past 8,000 years. So how do you scale up bio-pesticides, the naturally occurring bacteria & fungi option?

One of this week’s Sarah’s Country’s Change Maker, he may be the founder of bio-pesticide company, Ecolibrium Biologicals, but Stephen Ford appreciates that synthetic pesticides have consistently delivered so he explains how biopesticides can scale.

  • Bringing together a Centre of Excellence for Bio-Pesticides and works closely with New Zealand’s crown research institutes with the largest production facilities in the Southern Hemisphere for fungi & bacteria.

  • How biopesticides are becoming mainstream because they have been able to be produced practically for farmers to apply.

  • Ecolibrium Biologicals (EcoBio) is about to do a capital raise on Snowball Effect in May 2021 and has fought off many offers to move overseas. Stephen sees it potentially being the next Fonterra-scale opportunity for New Zealand.

We have wrapped our bacteria in a water dispersible granule so you can buy it off the shelf, put it in a spray unit and actually spray it over the crop and it does it's job, that is what a biological has to do and globally to date that has not occured.”

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