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Futuristic Nets Protect Crops Without Pesticides

Futuristic Nets Protect Crops Without Pesticides

Although their negative effects are now of great concern to conscious consumers all over the world, many people don’t realize that commercial pesticides weren’t even available to farmers until the 1920′s.

Desperate for a way to effectively combat the attack of insects and other pests that were invading their fields and destroying millions of dollars worth of crops, farmers greeted the development of chemical pesticides with supportive enthusiasm.

Of course, they were told that drenching their fields with these posions would have no negative effects on human healthy, so who could really blame them?

Now pesticide manufacturers are desperately scrambling to create stronger pesticides, as insects quickly learn to adapt and develop resistances to the previous formula.

Realizing that this was a vicious cycle that was likely to end up with humans and the natural environment on the losing end, an Israeli man decided that there must be a non-toxic way to protect plants from bugs while still allowing them to receive sun, water, and air.

“The son of an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor who built window screens following the war, Avi Klayman built upon his father’s trade to develop an advanced screening technique that would protect plants from deadly pests without the use of pesticides. His invention saved Israeli’s tomato crop from ruin following the white fly infestation of the late 1980s” (Natural News).

The result of Klayman’s continued innovation is the Meteor Net, a space age product that is humble in its simplicity, and yet able to do what no one thought possible without the use of chemical pesticides; keep insects off of agricultural crops.

Since the protype, Klayman has since developed seven different varieties of highly specialized agri-nets, designed with micro-fibers construction to catch even the smallest insects (e.g. thrips), featuring photo-selective technology, making them suitable for everything from vegetables and flowers in greenhouses, to fruit trees and open field crops.

And, as Natural News’ Ethan Huff reported, “in the rare case that one of these bugs was able to get through the net, the unique design of the nets would filter the light in such a way that the pests would be immediately blinded and immobilized once inside.”

The implications of this simple technology are enormous, representing an affordable, sustainable, recyclable, toxin-free way to protect and even enhance the growth of industrial agricultural crops.

Both large and small scale use of these nets would have immediate benefits for local watersheds and soil quality, not to mention drastically reduce the disease causing consumption of harmful pesticides by people all over the world.

Products like the Meteor Nets prove that chemicals and genetically modified seeds are not necessary to ensure a bountiful and nutrient-rich food supply.

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7:47PM PST on Feb 7, 2010

Another thought. If humanity could plan (humanely) for lower human population sizes in future and achieve this, perhaps we could afford to let natural insects share a little of our crops, without feeling the need to use strange techniques to coopt all this food production and habitat.

7:37PM PST on Feb 7, 2010

This sounds very interesting. I wonder how much it costs, and whether farmers would switch to using it.

7:53AM PST on Feb 1, 2010

Stop pesticides!

4:00AM PST on Jan 30, 2010

cool!

6:06AM PST on Jan 25, 2010

Thanks for the heads up- it looks like if this technology could be mass produced it could change agriculture everywhere for the better and ensure a safer future for the planet.

3:12PM PST on Jan 23, 2010

thanks for the info

11:37AM PST on Jan 21, 2010

We already know how to stop our crops from becoming sick-deficient, bug infested, fungus infected, over-fertilized, drowned in herbasides, etc. Shouldn't we try picking something eco-friendly that would also revitalize our soil, while at the same time, yield bigger/greater crops? I wonder why the public hasn't heard of this already? (Except that "Big-Agri" doesn't want us to know...) We should take back our earth and investigate into this method (http://www.oceangrown.com/press-audio-01.htm) Together, farmers and concerned citizens could learn what we can do together to bring this about. This transition is not hard or costly. We shouldn't need 'bug mesh' for protection AND at the same time would gain personal-physical-health and larger crop yields too. Sounds like a plan!

8:59AM PST on Jan 21, 2010

thanks for information.

3:18PM PST on Jan 20, 2010

back to the beginning

11:20AM PST on Jan 20, 2010

Certainly it helps avoid pesticides but there are always draw backs. This is an industrial product for industrial applications. This blocks insects and other animals from entering which is not green even if it allows an organic designation. Even beneficial insects and birds are prevented from entering a plantation. Is this positive? Certainly for the plantation's bottom line but not so great for the ecosystem necessarily.

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