Farmers Don’t Necessarily Need Pesticides to be Productive
Scientists may have just disproven the long held belief that pesticides are necessary for highly productive and profitable farms.
The researchers on the project, published in Nature Plants this March, studied the pesticide use, productivity and profitability of 1,000 farms across France. Not only did they find that production would not suffer on 94 percent of farms if they stopped using pesticides, but even more shockingly, that 78 percent of farms would be equally or more profitable if they used less pesticides on their crops.
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