On September 29, 2015, at the 4th International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) in Geneva, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International released Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology. This new PAN book was written to address the concerns of policy makers around the world who are faced with the need to replace the use of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) with safer and sustainable alternatives.

We’re proud to announce that Heather Putnam and Steve Gliessman had a case study published in the book. The case study used an experience with farmers in the community of La Pita in the municipality of San Ramon, Nicaragua to illustrate the effectiveness of the application of homemade mycorrhizal fungi applications (referred to as beneficial forest microorganisms) to increase coffee seedling robustness and improve the rehabilitation of coffee plants affected by the devastating coffee leaf rust infestation that has plagued Mexican and Central American coffeelands since 2012. The case study importantly demonstrates the ease of adoption, economic viability, and effectiveness of this simple technology as an important alternative to chemical pest control measures. The book is available online.