Fighting agricultural pests, the natural way

Chemical warfare has dominated agricultural pest control for decades, but the use of chemical pesticides is being increasingly restricted by concerns about their environmental and health effects. Now biological control – unleashing predators and parasites against plant pests – is on the rise. But as the FT’s Clive Cookson explains, it’s a complex field, with many different approaches.

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Tackling Dutch agriculture’s emissions headache

The Netherlands is the world’s second largest exporter of food. But right now, its livestock sector is facing a controversial environmental challenge: reducing its nitrogen emissions. Along with that, farmers also have some tough longer term climate change targets to hit. The FT’s Mehreen Khan finds out how they’re tackling the problems and whether their strategies are working.

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