Last week during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven I visited the Graduation Show by the Design Academy. I detected a few trends among the works of the graduates, two of them being food and urban farming. The work of one designer particularly sparked my interest.
Laura van Os has come up with an organic pesticide made from a type of rhubarb, that attacks the Varroa mite which is responsible for bees dying. This mite is usually contested with a pesticide that is damaging the mites, but the bees as well.
It is not yet clear if Van Os’ organic pesticide will wipe out the Varroa mite permanently, but the first results are hopeful. I’m curious to see what further testing and developing will bring.