In the EU alone 200,000 tons of pesticides are sprayed each year to protect crops from disease. But thanks to new start-up Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT) that could soon become a thing of the past. The company has discovered that bees provide a natural alternative to pesticides. BVT has designed a tray that the bees walk through when they exit the hive. In the tray is an organic inoculant powder that is collected on the bee’s hairy legs and body. The bee then distributes it over the surrounding plants, protecting them from pathogens. 300 bees and 18 grams of the powder will protect around ten million plants.