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The global population is exploding towards 9 billion by 2050. Every single day of the year, many thousands of new mouths are added to the total that have to be fed. Already, famine is a reality in many parts of the world. Famine will become a reality for many more unless we can win the battle to raise dramatically the world's total food production.

It's a battle that's fought on two fronts. One is the constant research to increase plant productivity. The other is the struggle to destroy the pests that devour and destroy billions of tons of the food crops that are grown, before they can be harvested. The Pest Wars is about this battle, and the remarkable array of new weapons that scientists are developing to keep the hordes of pests at bay. It is a battle we have to win.
NTSC - 50 minutes.

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  • Producers: William Woollard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: DigiComTV
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002X78QDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Very informative program about pests and how we go about controlling them. The common usage of pesticides to rid our crops of pests began more than 50 years ago. But, there was a downside to using pesticides on crops: the pesticides remain in the environment, and the pesticides kill not only the destructive pests, but the good pests, as well. Creating what is referred to as: the "Pesticide Treadmill". It was not a perfect solution. The world's population consumes two billion tons of food every year, but pests eat 30-40% of the world's crops each year, making it a race against man and these pest-eating insects. The use of pesticides were creating more problems than they could fix, so biologists began to come up with other ideas to control crop destroying insects.

One such idea was the use of insects to control other insects, but not always entirely with success. Cactoblastis (Moths): This species has been introduced into many areas outside its natural range, including Australia, the Caribbean, and South Africa. In some locations, it has spread uncontrollably and was consequently classified an invasive species. However, in other places such as Australia, it has gained favor for its role in the biological control of cacti from the genus Opuntia. Mexico plans to adopt manual removal of egg sticks if the Moths invade, and the necessity will depend on the development of the expected invasion. Various strategies, including releasing sterilized male Cactus Moths, are expected to be implemented in response to the Cactus Moth's expansion, which is still under way and gaining momentum.
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