Most people know that pesticides are not only harmful for the environment, but they are also harmful to human beings. However, it can be difficult to come up with an ecological way of dealing with various pests in fields and gardens. A vineyard in South Africa is using Indian Runner ducks to take care of the pests that plague their plants in a natural way. The 1,071 ducks work on 50 square meters of farm land each day, eating the snails that destroy the crops. The farm puts on a “duck parade” every day before they go to work in the vineyards.


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  • Karolina Johnson

    I see nothing but signs of malnutrition and perpetual hunger inflicted on these ducks. Cheap way for the owners to control snails. The owners can always pick out a duck or two to fatten up, when they need some for dinner. The behavior and looks of the ducks scream of the hunger these helpless animals constantly suffer.

  • Satish Kumar

    wow. that so amazing thing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Alain

    What about the poor snails?

  • Barbara

    A lovely, natural solution - for the farm and the ducks. Love it! xx

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    I saw very similar use of ducks in Bali in the rice fields. Amazing and fun to watch <3

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