Indigo Agriculture’s microbial seed treatments aim to replace synthetic pesticides

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Indigo Agriculture CEO David Perry grew up raising corn and cows on his family’s farm in Arkansas. While he wasn’t the type to set up a lemonade stand, he did show early entrepreneurial tendencies. He remembers gathering receipts and diving into the books of the family business at age 11 to figure out whether corn or beef was more profitable.

Now Perry is on a mission to help all farmers maximize their profits, while minimizing their impact on the environment.

His company has developed something of a weedkiller killer, which may also prove a Monsanto or Bayer killer. The company uses naturally occurring microbes instead of genetic modifications or chemicals to help plants survive and grow in rough conditions.

Indigo Agriculture’s beneficial microbes can be applied as a liquid or powder coating to seeds (a standard process in agriculture already). They also can be sprayed onto flowering plants, which take the beneficial microbes into their seeds.

The technology is a way to help improve crop production and generate more food without the side effects associated with pesticides. This is crucial, since we may need 70 percent more crop production by 2050 to keep up with food demand, according to the FAO.

Read full, original post: Indigo Agriculture holds the secret to pesticide-free crops and the future of food

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