Impact Entrepreneur and Advocate for Sustainable Agriculture Supports Connection between Sunlight and Pest Prevention in Vegetables

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Sustainable agriculture advocate, Philippe van den Bossche, supports the connection between sunlight and pest prevention in vegetables, as discussed in new study.

On July 9, impact entrepreneur and advocate for sustainable agriculture, Philippe van den Bossche, discusses the results of a new study showing that vegetables have the ability to respond to sunlight levels after they have been picked.

According to a June 24th, 2013 Washington Post article entitled, “Taking fresh produce to a new level, study finds vegetables alive on the shelf,” vegetables have the ability to effectively respond to light even after they have been picked. Cabbages and other vegetables were brought to labs and were exposed to period of light and darkness.
One control group was kept in constant light and the other was kept in constant darkness. Those that were exposed to a regular day/night cycle created “up to three times as many glucosinolates as the other cabbages.”

The article goes on to say that glucosinolates are “organic compounds” that exist within vegetables to help fend off pests in the wild, like hungry caterpillars. In addition to helping fend off pests, glucosinolates are also anticarcinogenic, preventing some forms of cancer.

Philippe van den Bossche, an impact entrepreneur and advocate for sustainable agriculture, supports the study’s results and believes that these findings will continue to revolutionize how we farm.

“This study is another big step forward toward revolutionizing our farming practices. It is now proven that vegetables are still able to remain resistant to certain environmental hazards even after being picked. This could give farmers reason to discontinue their use of harmful pesticides and put more focus on the light cycle their vegetables are receiving. This can help organic farmers and those who are in favor of sustainability to help educate others on healthier alternatives to chemical pesticides.”

Philippe van den Bossche is an impact entrepreneur and investor and Chairman/ Owner of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA), a leading organic agricultural and horticultural consulting and manufacturing company located in Middlefield, Ohio. AEA provides consulting services and specialty nutritional materials to farms throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. van den Bossche is an advocate for organic farming and agriculture.

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