Opportunities and Challenges for Managing Pests in Organic Greenhouses

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By Meredith Swett Walker If you live in a temperate climate, you probably think of greenhouses as a tool to produce fruit, vegetable, and flower crops out of season. But these structures don’t just trap heat; they can also keep pests out. In fact, greenhouses are commonly used in warmer climates but primarily for pest […]

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle: New Guide Offers Pest Management Tips for Organic Growers

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In recent years, the demand for organic foods by the consuming public has exploded. Organic food sales surpassed $35 billion in the United States in 2014, up from an estimated $12 billion in 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While humans are falling in love with organic food more and more, insects are […]

Can Dung Beetles Make Organic Food Safer?

For farmers — especially organic farmers, who are increasingly challenged by food safety guidelines — dung beetles could provide an elegant solution to a vexing problem. Entomologists at Washington State University are investigating whether the insects could suppress harmful foodborne pathogens in the soil before they spread to humans. The research will take place on […]