An article in the Sunday’s Boston Globe is titled; “New plan to spray pests riles organic farmers in Calif.”.
A summary: Organic farmers in the U.S. are reporting double digit growth in sales each year. Organic agriculture in California has grown 54% from 2009 to 2012. The State wants to mandate compulsory state pesticide spraying of organic crops. The State’s document lays out a plan to control a new wave of pests and fungus.
Organic farmers are very concerned.
Organic farming is hard work and scientific. Hello, bend over and pull a weed. Use and develop natural products to control pests. A Mexican grower of Gerbera Daises told Kathy and me that 90% of the controls they use in their greenhouse are with garlic extract. He also said that many of the pests that they use to spray for are not a threat to the plants or the environment so they leave them alone.
Sad to say I don’t really trust big business or lobbied government officials. If you would like to control what you and your family eat there is a solution; Square Foot Gardening. We live in New England and we harvest from early April until December.
We can all do this, One Square Foot at a Time.