Farmers Are Using Flowers Instead of Chemicals to Escape Pest Damage

Many organic farmers are going back to older practices by cultivating an environment where natural pest predators can live. They’re growing flowers amongst their other crops, creating a home for creatures like parasitic wasps, who eat aphids in their larval state. It’s been a common practice to grow flowers around the perimeter of farmland acres, because it encourages biodiversity. But agriculturalists are experimenting with strips of flowers within their crops, creating a highway for bugs to travel farther and cover more ground for pest control…

Read more at https://www.greenmatters.com/renewables/2018/02/06/TRQBR/farmers-pesticides-chemicals?fbclid=IwAR0QxWpOWSzRqgcH_GIlXexe7mSyAdcubcPWwZzbbr7BWiGvkhnq4LjYYpM

See also https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/31/stripes-of-wildflowers-across-farm-fields-could-cut-pesticide-spraying

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