Biopesticides - is Europe playing catch-up?

Episode 512,   Jun 17, 05:00 AM

Looking after crops and maintaining a resilient food supply is as important now as it has ever been.

But the challenges farmers are facing are growing, from inflation to a growing population and climate change - and all with sustainable agriculture front of mind.

In this episode of the Food Matters Live podcast, made in partnership with CropLife Europe, we explore the role biopesticides could play in helping to ease some of the pressure on our food producers.

Biopesticides are pesticides produced using naturally occurring substances such as plants, microbes, or biochemicals. 

They offer opportunities for protecting crops from pests and diseases and have a more favourable toxicological safety profile compared to conventional pesticides.

In many parts of the world, they are widely used and new products can make it to market within a couple of years. In Europe, things are moving, but much more slowly.

The question is: is Europe playing catch-up?

This episode looks at how biopesticides are currently being used in Europe, how they might be used in future, and whether or not current regulations are in need of a shake-up.

Olivier de Matos, Director General, CropLife Europe