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    Chickens and Bugs Help Farmers Stay Green

    The key to organic farming is the food chain. Rather than using potentially dangerous chemical pesticides on crops, farmers — particularly those on small, organic farms — are increasingly turning to insects and free-range chickens for pest and weed control. Now researchers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are trying to find ways to sustain these helpful predators on bigger conventional farms. In a coordinated effort, scientists are breeding new natural predators for invasive species like the soybean aphid — and farmers in America’s heartland are putting them to work.

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