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How to grow produce without using pesticides

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

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🗞️ Driving the news: Pesticides, whether synthetic or natural, are used to control pests but can significantly harm the environment by contaminating soil, water, and harming a range of species
• Despite their benefits in farming, such as higher yields, the environmental costs include water and soil contamination and risks to non-target species, including humans

🔭 The context: Pesticides are linked to several environmental issues, including the degradation of soil health and biodiversity loss
• They can kill beneficial insects, plants, and other wildlife, leading to reduced biodiversity and disrupting ecosystems
• Human health can also be adversely affected through exposure, with risks including respiratory issues, neurotoxicity, and cancer

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The widespread use of pesticides poses a significant threat to the environment, contributing to soil and water pollution, harming wildlife, and reducing biodiversity
•These impacts highlight the urgent need for more sustainable and eco-friendly practices in agriculture and gardening to protect the planet's health

⏭️ What's next: Encouraging pesticide-free gardening practices presents a path toward more sustainable living
• By adopting methods such as using peat-free compost, crop rotation, companion planting, and embracing beneficial insects, individuals can contribute to environmental conservation and promote biodiversity

💬 One quote: "The majority of the bugs and insects that are in your garden are not harmful and actually help create a biodiverse garden."

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