Biopesticide Part 2
Bill Stoneman with the Biopesticide Industry Alliance says this last year has seen a major chemical company buy into the biopoesticide industry.
STONEMAN: So it is a significant twist for a company which is a chemical based company now moving into biologicals and bio-materials and actually making a step into the organic industry. They are picking up some products from Novazymes that they bought into and taking those to the marketplace so those Novazymes branded materials will now carry a Monsanto brand and they will be using organic agriculture.
Stoneman and the BPIA were a part of the 2014 Potato Expo in San Antonio and were adjacent to one of their partner organizations, the 1-4 Group. Addie Waxman, a senior scientist, talks about their partnership.
WAXMAN: 1-4 Group provides chemicals for pot harvest and the BPIA has been instrumental for us because we needed the education that the BPIA provided in terms of organic registration and networking and meeting people who could also help us. We were actually able to employ a couple of consultants that enabled us to expand our marketplace. Without the BPIA we would have had those contacts.
Waxman says they have both organic products and traditional.
WAXMAN: Through the combination of the two, if they wanted to explore that, we can actually reduce the chemical load that they are worried about. And we want to acknowledge that they are concerned.
That's today's Line On Agriculture. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.