What Are Farmer's Alternatives To Pesticides?
We are concerned with bringing awareness to the issue of factory farming runoff, but without using harmful chemicals, how can farmers ensure profitable harvests each year? Below are alternative practices that organic or environmentally conscious farmers are using to help decrease the negative impacts of traditional pesticides. While numerous smaller farms across the country are employing these treatments, large scale factory farms remain resistant. The cost remains high for alternative practices and government subsidies and incentives have yet to catch up with chemical free farming practices. The future of farming now rests in the hands of consumers (us!). We can make smarter choices in what we buy and we can contact local, state and federal officials to voice concern about these issues (see this link to contact the EPA about pesticide use). So, the next time you go to the farmer's market or local grocery co-op ask them what practices they use in their pest management and don't be afraid to make suggestions.