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Single-Crop Farming – Perfect Environment for Pests

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Touch the Soil News #517 In our Touch the Soil News piece #502 (October 2, 2016), we covered a global report in which the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) inferred that the industrial food chain almost totally misses delivering adequate nutrition and should be totally reshaped. On the heels of this report, new research about pesticide use has surfaced. Mono-cropping leads to greater pesticide use over companion cropping or smaller plots with a diversity of crops. William Wetzel, who led the study whilst at the University of California Davis, explained, “Insects have a perfect nutrient level that they really like. When it’s too high or too…

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