South Africa
Say no to poison
Posted by Phumelelani2016, South Africa on 20 February 2017
Post related to Thirsty farming, Fresher Water
Children play the thirsty farming game
Children play the thirsty farming game

For the thirsty farmer challenge, Grade 7 children played a game to illustrate how the casual use of herbicides and pesticides can tamper with the natural dynamics of nature. The children were give a scenario; one farmer Mr Dlamini decided to grow his meiles monoculture style using pesticides to fend off any pests, the other farmer, Mrs Sebe is a perm culturist using a natural system of intercropping and deterrent plants like chilies and marigold to deter pests. Whilst Mr Dlamini farm starts off prosperous, the recurrent use of pesticides eventually kills beneficial insects like bees and soil nurturing earthworms. At the end of a three-year cycle, his soils are sterile and he can no longer farm a healthy crop of meilies. Ms Sebe permacultural farmer, on the other hand, adheres to the principals of earth and people care, the diversity of crops proves resilient to even to the greediest of predators and she now enjoys a bountiful harvest.


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