Working with Nature

IPM, if applied in combination  with  good agronomic practice, enables a more sustainable agriculture with less impact on the environment and biodiversity whilst yielding safe food for the growing human population. It is clearly proven that IPM is both an effective and an economic approach towards crop protection,and is able to provide food security without harming the environment, public health, and biodiversity.In terms of managing pests, diseases and weeds, at the heart of IPM lies application of agronomic  techniques  aimed  at  preventing these from building up to levels that cause economic damage to the crop. When prevention methods alone are insufficient, IPM farmers give preference to  non-chemical alternatives, such as biological control of insect pests, physical trapping, mechanical weeding. IPM farmers only use synthetic  pesticides as a last resort and take care to select the least  toxic products and to target and apply these in ways that minimise exposure of non-target wildlife and contamination.  
 

Reducing Pesticide Dependency

50% Pesticide Reduction is Possible! In the interviews below, eight conventional farmers across France tell how integrated pest management has helped them to reduce pesticide use by 50 % while staying economically viable.(available to watch with English subtitles). As part of the French ecophyto plan to reduce pesticide use by 50% by 2025, this group of farmers
has been working together as a pilot group to reduce pesticide use by 50% which has been already reached in 2010. They are a very heterogeneous group of farmers: as they are neither producing the same nor farming in geographical proximity, coming from different parts of the region of Eure in France. However, by working as a group, advised and inspired by Bertrand Omon, they have found the inspiration to work together towards the goal of reducing pesticide dependency.These are the stories of commitment and determination to change the conventional agriculture as we know today.