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Crop Protection Facts

U.S. agriculture accounted for 5% of energy use in 1970, and today accounts for 1% of national energy use, thanks to the introduction of reduced-tillage farming and crop inputs. For more information on conservation tillage please click here.

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Consumer Benefits

Consumers expect high quality fruit and vegetables; this means produce free of insect blemishes and insect contamination. Before the introduction of insecticides, holes, scars, and surface tunnels made my insects feeding on crops could often be found in produce sold to consumers in addition to insect fragments in canned products. Before the introduction of insecticides, blueberries often contained maggots, aphids - also known as plant lice - could be found in canned spinach, and fruitworm in tomatoes. Insecticides reduce and, in some cases, eliminate, insect damage allowing the consumer to purchase blemish-free, high quality produce.

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