Organic Pest Control – Why It’s The Wrong Solution


Today I’m talking about organic pest control. Let’s say we have a garden here, a beautiful
organic garden. And what I want to talk about is, the natural pest control industry for
gardens is doing pretty well. People are switching from the old toxic products to more natural
products. And that’s a good thing, we don’t want to
be using these toxic products anymore. But there are a few issues still with this and
I just want to talk about one today. So let’s say we have an insect coming in to
eat our beautiful vegetable garden, and in the past we might have had something like
DDT in agriculture or things like malathion. There are hundreds of insecticides that we
would spray onto our plants and then when the insect came and ate that or consumed that,
they would die. So now we’re switching from DDT to something
more like maybe Rotenone, which is still not a benign substance, but it’s more natural.
It’s allowed under some organic standards, and so we’re switching to that. So that’s okay, but the main problem I see
with this is that we’re still focusing on killing this pest instead of the root cause
of the problem (and we do this in many things, not just organic gardening). But the root cause of the problem, why this
insect is coming to eat our plants, is because our plants are unhealthy for some reason.
It can be any number of reasons and that’s what my whole website is about. It’s about
making healthy soil and healthy plants. But killing this insect doesn’t make the plants
healthy, and so there’s always gonna be more insects that come in. So all I want to say
today is that we really need to focus on health management, what we call garden health management
instead of garden pest management. These organic pest control products, maybe
they’re a step in the right direction, but they’re really missing the point altogether
which is we need to create health in our organic gardens. And that’s all I wanted to say today.
I just wanted to make that one point. If you sign up for my 15 vital lessons for
becoming an organic gardener, which many of you have already, but you can do that right
on the home page of my website. That’s where I talk about this in the very first lesson. I talk about this in more detail so that you
can actually understand what I’m talking about, but I wanted to keep it quick today. And that’s all I wanted to say about organic
pest control for now. Does this make sense to you?

3 thoughts on “Organic Pest Control – Why It’s The Wrong Solution

  1. I do agree with you that we need to concentrate on growing healthy plants so that they are able to fight off pest attacks. The other thing we need to do is move away from monoculture to polyculture so that these pests have to work harder to find their food rather than feast on a whole row or a whole field of their favourite food.

  2. This concept sounds great but how does this pan out when an invasive species such as the Kudzu bug. I don't have a monoculture garden and they were there as soon as my beans, sunflowers, and swamp mallows came up.

  3. There are number of organic pest controls, manual removal, predators to the pests, barriers,plants the pest don't like, repellents, and diatomaceous earth.

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