By Gene Hall
What I remember most about eggplant is that my grandmother would make me eat it. In parts of the world, it’s very popular. One of those places is Bangladesh, where a new genetically modified variety is well on its way to being planted there.
It’s called brinjal and it’s a nutritional boon, being high in fiber and a whole passel of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The problem is, the fruit and shoot borer (FSB) likes brinjal, too, to the tune of a 50 to 70 percent loss of the crop. Farmers in Bangladesh have been dealing with that by spraying pesticides, apparently a lot of them. Though judicious use of pesticides is a globally accepted best management practice, spraying dozens of times is not what experts or even chemical companies recommend on most crops.Read More