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Organic Pesticides Not Always Best Choice

Consumers cannot assume that a product is environmentally friendly just because it is organic.  A new study shows that some organic pesticides can have a higher environmental impact than conventional pesticides.

Researchers compared the effectiveness and environmental impact of organic pesticides to those of conventional and reduced-risk synthetic products on soybean crops. An organic mineral oil-based product was among the less effective ones, as it killed ladybugs and flower bugs which are important regulators of aphid population and growth.

According to Science Daily:

“These predator insects reduce environmental impact because they naturally protect the crop, reducing the amount of pesticides that are needed”.

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