Sunday, October 12, 2008

What Organic Farmers Use to Fight Pests

"For organic farmers, growing crops "green" cannot only be difficult but also frustrating, especially when often the best defence they have against pests are baking soda and garlic.

"Conventional farmers can walk into any store and get hundreds of chemical solutions to help their crops," said Laura Telford, executive director of the Ottawa-based Canadian Organic Growers. "I get at least one phone call a week from an organic farmer about why we only have such a small arsenal of weapons to fight this huge battle with Mother Nature."

The latest statistics from 2006 indicate there are 3,565 organic farmers in Canada working on 1.38 million acres. There are also 116,300 acres reportedly in transition from conventional to organic farming, according to the Canadian Organic Growers."

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