07 Feb '12, 3pm

1 of 8 ways Monsanto fails @ sustainable ag: Tight focus on few GE crops cuts biodiversity/ups pesticides #MonsantoFail

A farm using crop rotation, which can greatly reduce the need for fertilizers and insecticides. (USDA photo) What's the Alternative? If Monsanto-style monocultural farming isn't sustainable, what is? Research has shown that biologically diverse farms can be productive and profitable. These farms use sophisticated, science-based versions of time-tested methods such as these: Crop rotation —growing different crops in succession in the same field—is one of the most powerful techniques of sustainable agriculture. By replenishing soil nutrients and disrupting the food supplies of insect pests, it greatly reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and insecticides. Cover crops such as hairy vetch, clover or rye can also promote soil health, prevent erosion, and suppress weeds, again reducing reliance on fertilizers and herbicides. Natural pest predators —birds, beneficial insects...

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