Wildflower Strips Act As Natural Pesticides

The detrimental effects of pesticides have many scrambling for alternatives. Be it through pest-sniffing dogs or banning the substance altogether, there has yet to be an affordable and simple solution. With an abundance of arable land in its countrysides, England is taking a different approach. Farms are experimenting with wildflowers, hoping to naturally boost pest predators and alleviate the need for chemical pesticides.

Using wildflower margins to support insects including hoverflies, parasitic wasps and ground beetles has been shown to slash pest numbers in crops and even increase yields.

Harvesters will use GPS technology to monitor their crops throughout full cycles. Where nature may falter, machines step in — primarily to avoid predator outbreaks. We all know plagues are better off immortalized in history books.

“There is undoubtedly scope to reduce pesticide use – that is a given,” said Bill Parker, director of research at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. “There will be probably quite a lot of years when pests are not a problem and pesticide use could be vastly reduced.”

Despite the experiment’s promising nature, the change demands copious amounts of time and effort. Still, many advocating for a much needed cultural shift in agricultural industries are likely to see it through.

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Wild Wolf In Belgium First Spotted In Over A Century

When an endangered species is lucky enough to make a comeback, it isn’t usually without the help of two-legged friends. After all, it’s Kazakh activists bringing wild tigers into jungles after a 70-year absence. But for a lone pioneering wolf, its reemergence in Belgium after a century of silence is all its own doing.

“This increase in wolves numbers and distribution area is going quite rapidly. So it is not a matter of if wolves are coming to the Netherlands, and probably Belgium, but how fast. We have seen in recent weeks how fast they can go.” [said researcher Hugh Jansman.]

Despite a number of herding casualties, the wolf, nicknamed Naya, is a good sign for suffering populations. The number of packs roaming Germany is at 74 — measly but significantly more promising.

“Agricultural areas are being abandoned by people so they are re-wilding again, leaving lots of space for carnivores. The countryside is being abandoned by young people who are moving to the cities.”

Nomadic wolves are no threat to humans — in fact, they are repulsed by our very stench. It is simply pleasing to know that if the world isn’t ending for them, it may not be for us.

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