[Ed. Note: What wonderful news this will be for millions of animals!]
By Beth Buczynski on Care2.com
The 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.
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 poisons 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.