Pesticides are Poison: 
Practicing Integrated Pest Management

Ladybugs are a beneficial insect that feed on aphids in the garden.

Ladybugs are a beneficial insect that feed on aphids in the garden.

Though the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers are toxic and dangerous to both consumers, workers, and the environment, they continue to be used extensively in our modern industrial food system. This lesson provides participants with the hands-on opportunity to make their own natural fertilizers that maintain soil fertility and organic sprays for managing pests in the garden. As participants practice these methods of integrated pest management, they also learn about how different communities are organizing to protect our bodies, the environment, and workers across the food chain.