Growing Apples Without Insecticides

Why are apple orchards, both large and small, so dependent upon chemical insecticides? Is there a way out? One expert looked into ways of growing apples without them.



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Watercolor painting of heirloom apple varieties.
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Author James Dierberger planted his first apple trees in 1978.
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The contemporary method of growing apples is heavily dependent on chemical insecticides. The author wanted to find another way.
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Apples come in many varieties, and some are more resistant to pests and disease than others.
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