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Wildflowers Are the Best Pesticide

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  • Wildflowers are home to many beneficial insects, including natural predators to common crop pests like cereal leaf beetles and aphids
  • Fields planted with strips of wildflowers had 40 to 53 percent lower beetle density and 61 percent less beetle damage compared to the control fields
  • Research revealed the frequency of pollinator visits was 25 percent higher for crops with adjacent flower strips compared to those without
  • Wildflowers reduce pests and increase pollinators, which is in stark contrast to the increasing use of pesticides, which is furthering the emergence of superweeds and insects while decimating beneficial pollinators

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., about 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used annually, 90 percent of which are used by the agricultural sector. There are many problems with the indiscriminate use of these toxic chemicals, like the fact that 82 percent of domestic fruits and 62 percent of domestic vegetables contain pesticide residues, to say nothing of the risks of pesticide poisoning faced by the 2.5 million farmworkers in the U.S., about 60 percent of whom live in poverty.


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