Looking to fungi, spiders and other natural insect killers for less toxic alternatives to synthetic pesticides

Integrated pest management, which uses ecological processes and natural chemicals to control crop-damaging pests, offers an eco-friendly alternative to toxic pesticides. For example, a company in Michigan has rolled out a "biopesticide" derived from spider venom. The ecological and health benefits of biopesticides are vast, but such products account for about 3 percent of the global market yearly.

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