There was a time when farms were a complete and separate ecosystem. With the use of discoveries like pesticides, the natural echo of things was dismantled.
Of course, it’s quite understandable why people think they need to do this. First of all, without pesticides, farm pests would indulge on our crops, and there would be nothing left edible for us.
But if you think about it, while pesticides, do solve one-fourth of the problem, it, on the other hand, leads to several new issues to deal with.
For instance, pesticides can lead to numerous help risks for farmers. It can poison other creatures that contribute to the growth of the farm. It’s even hazardous to people who come in contact with the crops that were sprayed with pesticide. There’s no telling what effect it will have on us once we eat it.
But thanks to a new study, we might be getting close to the time when we will no longer need to use pesticides. Fast Company recently reported that a ton of organic farmers has been going back to previous farming practices. This means they have entirely eradicated the use of pesticides.
These farmers started using pesticides because of plants. So, this time, they are going to eradicate the use of pesticides with the help of plants.
They started cultivating not just a farm that can grow a ton of crops, but also one where natural predators can live and thrive. We’re not talking about tigers or lions, but insects and bugs.
Along with their crops, these farmers are also creating an environment for parasitic wasps among others, that eat aphids in a particular life cycle.
So, far it has worked like a charm for these organic farmers. Growing flowers along with other types of plants isn’t a discovery, however. It has already been done for centuries due to the belief that it encourages biodiversity. But most people do it because it promotes pollination.
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These farmers, on the other hand, decided to think out of the box and experimented on the right timing and amount of flower growing.
As it turns out, this wasn’t some magic pill. You need to monitor these flowers for the strategy to work closely. You also need to weigh how many flowers you need to plant to attract enough pest-eating insects.
While countries such as Switzerland and the UK are already utilizing this farming strategy, there is no telling when we will be able to eliminate the need for pesticides. It might take decades. You never know. Maybe it’s never even going to happen.
But the point of the matter is that these flower precision planting technique will keep the pest’s population at low levels, which means there will not be enough to decimate our crops.
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That’s not the only reason these organic farmers have been promoting this new technique. Bees are already candidates for extinction.
Some people blame pesticides for this, but the cause isn’t as important as looking for a solution. Farmers believed that through the flower precision planting technique, we could bring back the vibrancy of the bee population.
Alongside this, Switzerland has also conducted an experiment related to the flower precision planting technique. Their findings suggested that with the combination of different varieties of flowers, bugs that typically eat wheat are encouraged by the dominance of flowers and decide to eat those instead.
If this new technique pushes through in an international scale, flowers will become just another tool for farmers. Anyhow, we can’t deny that this will be good not only for but for the environment as well.