An ever growing human population inherently means an increasing demand for food. The United Nations have estimated that by the year 2050, the world population is expected to increase to 8.9 billion: a 47% growth from the year 2000. Sustaining such growth may result in the need for land clearing expansions; the outcome of which may adversely impact our environment. A more sustainable and environment-friendly solution is to seek options for optimizing crop yields.
Agricultural crops and fruits are vulnerable to climate conditions, plant-eating pests, and disease-causing pathogens, pre- and post-harvest. Chemical-based retardants such as pesticides, insecticides and fungicides have long been used to prevent crop loss in the agricultural industry. Albeit effective for plant protection, concerns surrounding the short and long term effects on human health have led to the advancement of organic farming; thus emphasizing the need for natural, non-toxic solutions.
Cypher Environmental Ltd., a Canadian-based provider of environmental solutions successfully completed a study using its bioremediation product, UltraZyme Powder, as an environment-friendly, non-toxic alternative to chemical post-harvest cleaners. The study was completed at CORBANA – an accredited research institution operating to promote and develop the banana production industry in Costa Rica.
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