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BC HOTHOUSE RADICALLY REDUCES PESTICIDES

 SURREY, British Columbia, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- BC Hothouse wants consumers to know the steps they have always taken regarding pesticide control. The recent National Academy of Sciences and Environmental Protection Agency report has raised concerns among consumers regarding potential risks to children of the pesticides used in the growing of fruits and vegetables.
 According to Glenn Wong, president and chief executive officer, BC Hothouse has long been a leader in radically reducing pesticides used in growing their


vine-ripened tomatoes, long English cucumbers and sweet bell peppers.
 "At BC Hothouse, we have used alternative approaches to pest control for 12 years," said Wong. One successful method is the introduction of benign insects such as ladybugs to control the population of harmful pests.
 As well, growers control the environment of the greenhouses; for instance, the temperature, water and plant nourishment are computer controlled and optimized, thereby reducing the number of pests and the need for pesticides by ensuring healthy plants. Growers for BC Hothouse have become experts in grafting special roots onto plants, enabling the plants themselves to become stronger in their defence of pests.
 BC Hothouse products are grown by 57 growers operating greenhouses on Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia. Products are available at many grocers throughout Western Canada and the Western United States.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Released by: Grace Van den Brink, Miller & Leonard Public Relations, 604-689-2002./
 /CONTACT: Glenn Wong, president and CEO of BC Hothouse, 604-576-8525/


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