There is a Redback spider in my soup

Yesterday at the invitation of Melbourne University I had the opportunity to speak to their 2nd environmental science students on the challenges of farming in a carbon constrained world.

Joining me was Stan  Krpan CEO of Sustainability Victoria . Stan had some very interesting insights into community engagement which I look forward to sharing with you in a later post

Talking about the challenges of farming this story  ‘Woolworths pulling broccoli from shelves after redbacks found’  which featured on my TOP AUSTRALIAN HEADLINES media feed this morning bought a smile to my face

Integrated pest management otherwise known as IPM in the world of agriculture is an environmentally sensitive way of managing pests. It uses a combination of practices and control methods to prevent problems from occurring rather than dealing with them after they have happened. IPM control methods include biological control, using predators, parasites or microbial pathogens to suppress pests.

The goodies or the heroes in biologcial control are known as ‘beneficials’ – with lady beetles being the well known example – mmh  never dreamed “redback spiders’ would wear the superman suit

Looks like this broccoli was a little too fresh from the Fresh Food people – it seems there is a lot to be said for  very cold storage



Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life

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