The use of pesticides is a regular occurrence in the farming and agriculture industry. Chemicals are routinely applied to crops to prevent them from being attacked and eaten by insects.
But while they are effective in controlling insects, some of these chemicals can also be problematic for ecosystems and the planet in general.
Fortunately, science is continually seeking new and better methods. And sometimes what is old can be new again, as in the case of a UK trial now underway by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). Here’s the gist:
While this method may not permanently remove the need for pesticides, the hope is that these natural predators—and the wildflowers that support them—can reduce it. “That would be the ideal,” said CEH Professor Richard Pywell, “That you never need to spray.”