Over a billion pounds of pesticides are used in the United States each year. By design, pesticides are meant to kill a host of unwanted insects, plants and other garden, lawn and agricultural pests. While it’s important to protect our food supply and backyard gardens, today’s practices have catastrophic effects on bees, wildlife and our environment.
Neonicotinoids are the top offenders and have so clearly shown harm to bees that the European Union banned the outdoor use of them in 2018. In addition, glyphosate — the most heavily used herbicide in the U.S. — continues to demonstrate its toxicity to bees, the environment and us.
Choose plants that are native to your region and naturally pest-resistant to bugs in your area. Let mother nature be in charge!
For almost every vegetable, there is a beneficial companion plant that will naturally increase soil nutrients and chase away pests.
Include a diversity of plants to encourage a healthy balance of beneficial and problem insects — no pesticide intervention required!