Non-chemical Pest Management
OISAT Info uses the term "non-chemical pest management" for those pest management practices which include preventive measures such as crop design and layout, cultural practices, management of natural enemies, and mechanical methods. Curative measures include pest-controlling plants, physical methods, the use of other substances such as soap, and other methods which include a diversity of types of methods not forming a particular category.
We also use the term "non-chemical" for practices and products which exclude synthetic chemical pesticides and genetically altered substances or compounds. Non-chemical products, as they are used in the OISAT context, may be processed on the farm but also manufactured commercially. The non-chemical commercial products, which are not excluded, are biopesticides, which are permitted in organic agriculture. This category of pest management practices will be presented in OISAT Info at a later stage.