One of the most hated companies in the world can finally meet its end. Monsanto, the creator of ‘Agent Orange’, the herbicidal chemical which is responsible for numerous birth defects in Vietnam, is known for bringing thousands together in protest of the peril it has created. Monsanto also created pesticide Glyphosate, which was recently speculated to be carcinogenic by WHO, and thousands across the world are uniting to boycott the company.
Although the harmful effects agricultural giants are causing is common knowledge, several people still have inhibitions to switch to more organic farming and biodynamic agricultural methods. But one man — Mycologist, Paul Stamets — is here to change it all.
Paul Stamets has patented a technology he calls ‘smart pesticides’. The organic pesticides can supposedly resist nearly 200,000 insect species all thanks to its active ingredient — mushrooms.
Smart pesticides use insect destroying fungi — or entomopathogenic Fungi — morphed in such a way that it doesn’t produce spores. The fungi then attract the insects which turn into the fungi upon ingesting the disguised pesticide.
Hopefully, this technology can be the final nail in the coffin of agro-giants like Monsanto. We’d be living in a much healthier world if companies like this would stop exploiting us with their camouflaged slow poison.
Read more about Paul Stamets’ technology and patent here.