Last night I caught the tail end of a great program on KCET - the LA PBS affiliate. The program was Botany of Desire, based off the Michael Pollan book. I am a huge MP fan and his simple yet so sensical (is this a word) philosophies on healthy eating, growing, etc. The program discussed many important topics including; conventional v organic farming, and monoculture v whatever is the opposite.
Profiled is M&M Heath Farms, an organic farm in Idaho. This is a wise farmer, not only because he does not use chemicals but he does not practice monoculture, instead he grows 16 kinds of organic potatoes. This allows him to protect himself should a crop become infested from a bug, spore, etc. And by using ladybugs instead of chemicals in the end he makes more revenue per acre than those farmers using nasty chemicals!
Way to go smarty pants!
Here's an article from Sun Valley Mag about M&M Heath Farms http://www.sunvalleymag.com/Sun-Valley-Magazine/Summer-2009/Fresh-from-the-Farm/index.php?cparticle=2&siarticle=1