Pyrethrum flowers (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium), source of pyrethrins used as natural insecticide.
Genetic engineers are using the toxic protein of the bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis, to develop insecticidal plants and new, more effectve biocontrols for agriculture.
Bio-synthesis of indigo dye (primarily used for coloring denim jeans). Biological production of indigo dye has potential to eliminate chemical production in USA, Germany and Japan. May result in process which is less energy intensive and more environmentally sound.
Agricultural inputs (seeds, pesticides, fertilizers) are undergoing majore corporate and technological change.
Patents on new forms of animal life proposed by U.S. government
Ownership and control of new livestock breeds will become concentrated in hands of biotechnology companies, result in higher costs for farmers and encourage genetic uniformity in animal breeds.