Meet the insects that maintain agricultur​al produce in Israel

vegetables with minimum chemical use‏
Meet the insects that maintain agricultur​al produce in Israel (Enlarge)

The Agricultural company, "beauty of Vegetables" from Ein – Yahav in south Israel, is the largest vegetable producer in the country. The company manage to ensure clean vegetable production by a process that reduces the use of pesticides to a minimum global standard by a combination of laboratory tests and biological control using insect predators.

To protect the vegetable crops the farmers are using a cocktail of four predatory insects that feed on vegetarian insects. The predators cover the farms throughout the season and hunt the harmful vegetarian pests.

The cocktail contains the wicket Orius laevigatus, the Svirski, the Presimillis and parasitic wasp that protects the crop from the pests.

The above mentioned "good" insects do not harm the vegetables because they are not interested in the plant itself. The vegetables are washed well before marketing, as part of the quality control of Ein Yahav Company to make sure no insect "could catch a ride on a vegetable."

The Biological control combined with supervision of laboratory services is taking representative samples from the field - all throughout the process of growth- and prior to marketing, to avoid any elements of spraying or any bacteria. The growers are using new equipment that allows the identification of hundreds of pesticides in a single test, combined with the detection capabilities of any "single" residue of chemical unit hidden in a trillion other vegetable components.

Ein Yahav vegetables are not picked without a "clear" accreditation from the lab authorities. After harvesting the vegetables are strictly controlled and each vegetable should be reviewed for all international standard quality parameters sorting for export or local food industry.

The company is an Agricultural Cooperative Society which includes 90% of the farms in Moshav Ein - Yahav. The marketing volume is estimated at 34 thousand tons, half of it to local markets in Israel with the other half being exported to Europe and the United States.

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