Sustainable farming works with nature to keep crops, pests, diseases, weeds, and soil life in balance. Natural pest and disease management prevents problems with pests and plant diseases, and keeps harmful chemicals out of our bodies and the environment.
Prevention is the first line of defense for organic farmers. Many practices are effective in decreasing pest and disease pressure, contributing to a healthier farm overall. This section offers an overview of some natural plant pests, diseases; and how we can combat it organically to minimise pest and disease pressure.
Many organic practices used in combination create a healthy system, making it survival for pests and diseases harder. The beauty of having many tools at your disposal is that they don’t all have to be implemented at once. Adopt management practices as you can, and you will see increasing resistance to pests and diseases over time.