From the September 2007 Idaho Observer:

How to remove pests without killing yourself or the earth

By Steve Tvedten

There are about 50 to 60 million insect species on earth—we have named only about one million and there are only about one thousand pest species. Though the petroleum-based chemical pesticide age has only been upon us for 60 years, already over 50 percent of these thousand pests are resistant to our volatile, dangerous, synthetic pesticide POISONS. We accidentally lose about 25,000 to 100,000 species of insects, plants and animals every year due to "man’s footprint." But, after poisoning the entire world and contaminating every living thing for over 60 years with these dangerous and ineffective pesticide POISONS, we have not controlled, much less eliminated, even one pest species. Yet each year we use/misuse more and more pesticide POISONS even though experience shows they don’t work. What’s worse, even with all of this expensive pollution, we lose more and more crops and lives to these thousand pests every year.

We are losing the war against these thousand pests mainly because we insist on using only synthetic pesticide POISONS and fertilizers There has been a severe "knowledge drought"—a worldwide decline in agricultural R&D, especially in production research and safe, more effective pest control since the advent of synthetic pesticide POISONS and fertilizers. Today we are like lemmings running to the sea insisting that is the "right way."

The greatest challenge facing humanity this century is finding ways to double global food production with less land, less water, less nutrients, less common sense, frequent droughts, increasing contamination and ever-worsening pest damage.

National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24, 2007 was created to highlight the dangers of poisoning and how to prevent it. One study shows that about 70,000 children in the U.S. were involved in common household pesticide-related (acute) poisonings or exposures in 2004. It is estimated that 300,000 farm workers suffer acute pesticide poisoning each year in the United States. No one is checking chronic contamination.

In order to try to help "stem the tide", I have just finished re-writing my IPM encyclopedia entitled: THE BEST CONTROL II. The volume contains over 2,800 safe and far more effective alternatives to pesticide POISONS. This latest copyrighted work is about 1,800 pages in length and is now being updated at my new website at

All of these copyrighted items posted to the page are free for you to read and/or download and apply to your life. There is simply no need to POISON yourself or your family or to have any pest problems.

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