Environmental Studies Program



Daniel DeJong

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Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017


Copyright 2017 Daniel DeJong


Throughout history, humans have continuously looked for easier and improved ways of growing our food. Over centuries of hybridizing crop varieties and more recently the invention and implementation of genetically modified (GM) seeds, we have created a food system that is dependent on chemical and seed companies to provide protection from environmental pests. The purpose of this thesis is not to discredit or dissuade someone from using GM seeds, but to take a look at some methods that could protect crops from environmental pests naturally, either for organic farmers or home gardeners. Specifically this review will examine methods of controlling squash bugs (Anasa Tristis) organically among zucchini bushes using radishes as a companion plant.