Instead of Using Pesticides, Farmers Can Plant More Flowers

using flowers in organic productionA new study shows that fields bordered by native hedgerows had higher levels of pest-eating insects.

Planting flowers is no vanity. Not only does having a variety of blooms dotting the edges and uncultivated parts of a farm provide forage for bees and other pollinators, but it can reduce the amount of pesticides used on crops.

That’s the major finding of a study published last week in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems, and the Environment.

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