Mite is right: insects replace pesticides in Spain’s ‘Sea of ...


Mite is right: insects replace pesticides in Spain’s ‘Sea of Plastic’

Small bags of the insects hung on plants in over 30,000ha of greenhouses spell doom for parasites


“They work for me night and day,” smiles Antonio Zamora, standing in his greenhouse. His minuscule employees are bugs that feed on the parasites threatening his peppers.

Zamora, like most of his colleagues, no longer sprays his crops with pesticides, instead hanging small bags of mites on the plants, leaving them to attack parasites while sparing his produce.

He owns two hectares in the so-called Sea of Plastic, about 30,000ha of greenhouses in southeastern Spain’s Almeria province, where much of Europe’s fruits and vegetables are grown...

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