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1/3 of crop to pests?

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I was watching a program about bees dying off and there were folks talking about how really bad monocultures are and how having a farm without chemicals and having wide variety of stuff growing instead of monoculture about 1/3 of crop is lost to pests.
I'm paraphrasing here but that is the gist of what some were saying.
I know some organic experts here have all matter of pests under complete control but for the rest of us I was thinking this sounds about right and to plant twice as much as you m might want to grow because there will be some loss.
this reminded me---now is time to order seeds for spring and summer.
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I have great sympathy and respect for those who do it without chemicals. I was really questioning my permaculture methods a few years ago. Others knew well before me that growing landrace seeds is a can’t miss. It just takes more time than people are willing to give it. As you said, monocultures are a big problem and convincing folks to change is difficult. I’m reminded of a story about Masanobu Fukuoka. He would loose a small amount of his rice crop to aphids. He considered this a beneficial form of pruning as they always attacked the weakest plants. Aphid predators were there to take care of the problem and life returned to normal.
I hadn’t seen an aphid here in years until last summer. They were all over my poly culture of corn, marigolds, tomatoes and cowpeas. I started seeing paper wasp, ladybugs, and yellow jackets all over the garden. I couldn’t figure out where the yellow jackets were coming from. As I walked around looking I realized I was standing directly on top of the nest! They didn’t even notice. Once the aphids were gone they packed up and left. Probably onto their next feast.
Oh the stink of it! Smell my tiny ad!
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