Filipino breeders pioneer organically-grown eggplant
Filipino breeders have pioneered the world’s first organically-grown eggplant, ushering in a new agriculture age of nature-friendly, biodiversity-enhancing, and pesticide-free vegetable production.
A statement showed that the country’s Breeders at the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) have recently proven in the fields that it is possible to produce an eggplant that will omit use of harmful insecticide spray.
The group said that abstinence in spray is particularly effective even while fighting the lepidopteran eggplant pest fruit and shoot borer (FSB)—a highly destructive pest that can wipe out as much as 100 percent of a harvest.
It is now achievable through the use of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) technology.
According to them, the single most important benefit of Bt eggplant is it protects human health – first, that of farmers and also of consumers – who no longer have to ingest toxin-laden vegetable.
“Yet, equally important, Bt eggplant can be grown without any adverse impact on the environment. Non-spraying will save the environment from persistent pollutants,” IPB said.
Bt eggplant can even enhance biodiversity as beneficial insects—bees, spiders, beetles– will continue to thrive while growing it.