Essays concerning my philosophy of ethical organic pest control include:
- Organic Pest Control I: Breaking With the Hive Mind
- Organic Pest Control II: Breaking With the Hive Mind
- Organic Pest Control III: Acts of Gardening Violence Petty and Profound
- Ecological Pest Control I: Soil Biodiversity
- Ecological Pest Control II: Soil Biodiversity
- Ecological Pest Control III: Hedgerow Biodiversity (forthcoming)
- Mechanical Pest Control (forthcoming)
- Chemical Pest Control (forthcoming)
New readers will probably find the evolving discussion easier to follow if they work their way through the posts in chronological order. For readers pressed for time, major concepts linking each installment to the others include the following:
- Despite romanticized or ill-informed opinions to the contrary, organic gardening and organic pest control techniques are not environmentally benign.
- I think of organic pest control tools in three broad but overlapping categories: ecological, mechanical and chemical. We have been discussing them from the least labor intensive and least ecologically violent of the three (ecological) to most labor intensive and most ecologically violent of the three (chemical).
- I believe that responsible organic gardeners should choose the least violent method that will meet their own, self-consciously identified gardening goals and needs. Each individual gardener’s honest self-evaluation of goals and needs resists formulaic or reflexive responses to pest and disease pressure that are encouraged by the profit-oriented home gardening industry. It resists, also, blind obedience to farming “customs” established by modern industrial agriculture and sustained by the related aesthetic sensibility.
- Pest management and disease prevention stem first and foremost from the garden ecosystem itself.
- A functioning ecosystem with maximum biodiversity is the least labor intensive, least agriculturally violent pest control system in the organic gardener’s tool kit.
- The more labor intensive a pest control measure, the more agriculturally violent and environmentally harmful.