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.
PAN Europe has been developing an IPM Toolbox in order to contribute to good implementation of the EU's Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive. The IPM Toolbox aims to offer different techniques to replace the use of chemical pesticides in different sectors. See the techniques in arable >> and click here for techniques in grape growing.