Why Modern IPM Should Take a Wider View of Key Influences
Entomology Today | 5/15/2019
In recent months, the big-picture outlook for integrated pest management (IPM) has been a seemingly popular topic in the entomological community. Just here on the Entomology Today blog, we’ve seen posts exploring why IPM is due for a reset, why the human factor should be added to the IPM equation, how the study of “social-ecological systems” can boost IPM adoption, and how various barriers are preventing broader IPM adoption in developing countries.
That trend continues with a new article published late April in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management, in which Surendra Dara, Ph.D., Cooperative Extension advisor at the University of California, envisions a “new paradigm” for IPM, one that more intentionally considers management, business, and sustainability in addition to ecological and economic factors.
“Crop production is an art, a science, and an enterprise,” Dara writes. “Each grower has their own strategy for producing crops, minimizing losses, and making a profit in a manner that is acceptable to the retailer, safe for the consumers, and less disruptive to the environment. In other words, IPM is an approach to manage pests in an economically viable, socially acceptable, and environmentally safe manner.”