Organic management of plant-feeding insects

About these modules

These information modules were originally developed around 2011 and 2012 with the Permaculture Research Institute’s (PRI) Urban Farmer Certification Program in mind. These instructions were gathered and assembled during a multi-year string of Floating Head Mode sessions that spread out into numerous topical lilies in the categorical pond.

My primary intention for publishing this information is to give growers practical, hands-on, and effective insect pest management tools (and ideas on how to use them) that work for organic growing situations or situations where methods and principles that align with the permaculture growing methods are practiced. A secondary intention is to demonstrate the effectiveness of Floating Head Mode, a state of being where we do not always know why we do what we do.

To these ends, these information modules are pragmatic. No sane person delights in the destruction of small defenseless life forms. However, food production for a hungry world is serious business. While humans might be tempted to remain in Floating Head Mode indefinitely, at some point our timeless sessions end and we return to normal space time. with its normal limitations and need for sustenance.

Within the earthly plane, we have no choice but to protect food crops from non-human interference. The tools described in this forum describe no-nonsense tools and techniques that are assumed to be compatible, generally speaking, for organic production. Each user must research the tools for themselves and make their own decisions according to their own needs and values.

While in Floating Head Mode, we transcend the binary business of action-reaction thinking and action. Even in this world, though, we are not bound within the limits of reaction mode. With the emergence of world climate change, the process of the 4T is a framework food growers can use to prepare in advance for come what may.

Dr. Aldous Benson

Aphidius matricariae, a parasitic wasp of small aphids
A community meeting of parasitic wasps that target aphids. The species is called Aphidius matricariae. In the future, “Aphidius” might one day be a popular name for a human child.

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