Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management system

An IPM system seeks to implement socially responsible and economically feasible methods of reducing agricultural pests and promoting sustainable agriculture for the preservation of the environment. Management options include crop rotation, cultivating beneficial weeds, releasing beneficial insects or parasites to control other pests, using plant disease-resistant varieties, and chemicals such as herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.

Pros include the potential for increased production and improved quality of crops, lower incidences of pesticides in the environment, and possible reduction of farming costs. Cons include live and/or dead pests in harvested produce, additional time spent on crops, and inconsistent results.

Diners are increasingly hyper-focused on high-protein and plant-based foods. Alongside all of the new-fangled, lab-based, cell-cultured options out there is the humble bean. A staple food for millenia, beans are being re-examined as a healthy, versatile ingredient worthy of menu inclusion.

  • Retro and heirloom recipes—like Southern succotash, French cassoulet, and Cajun red beans and rice—fit the bill for those in search of authenticity.
  • Most world cuisines incorporate some type of bean in their classic dishes. Think feijoada in Brazil, black beans and rice with plantains in Puerto Rico, and garbanzo beans in Israel. Modern interpretations of these recipes are packed with produce and herbs.
  • The creamy texture of mung beans is proving an ideal substitute for those that are eliminating soy from their diets.