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Japanese farmers use ducks as alternative to chemical pesticides

Japanese farmers have found a new way to protect their crops from pests and insects without having to use pesticides.

According to a report by BBC, Instead of joining the debate on what the safest type of pesticide to use is, farmers in Japan have made the choice to go organic, but by organic, this means that they are now using specially-bred ducks to patrol their paddy fields and they do the dirty work of eating all of the insects and weeds without harming the crops.

Japanese farmers are using ducks instead of pesticides

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The ducks even go the extra mile and consume even the seeds for the weeds that save the farmers of the headache of dealing with new weeds for the next planting season.

One thing that farmers need to monitor though is the ducks’ weight. If they get too fat, the only hazard is that they may trample on the fields in their search for weeds and can cause damage to the crops this way. Still, this is a pretty cool alternative to chemical pesticides which pose damage to the planet and to human health. (ANGEL ONG)


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