Previously I took an agriculture and farming course that was concentrated on use integrated pest management (IPM) strategies rather than conventional pesticide approach to sustainable farming practices. This area of study is relatively modern, especially compared to the widespread use of pesticides as a management and mitigation strategy for healthy crop growth. What is interesting is that farmers are highly reliant on just using pesticides to solve a problem, rather than adapting and using IPM strategies. We already know that there are drastic effects that pesticides pose to the environment, and in the long term they may also cause crop damage. This means that IPM is a valuable tool that can mitigate the use of pesticides, and help protect our planet better. I believe that it is up to us a scientists and researchers to provide these modern solutions to the agriculture industry, to promote a more sustainable farming practice. Those of you in government consulting positions with these industries have to modernize and promote these new practices, because there really only are benefits to adopting this strategy.