Although the world population has doubled in the last 40 years, the area of land devoted to food production has remained virtually constant; crop protection products have enabled farmers to produce higher yields of their crops on less land. In fact, U.S. farmers provide 18% of the world’s food supply on only 10% of the world’s farmland.
Decreasing Food Production Cost
Increased yields, reduced crop losses from pests and disease, and less spoilage after harvest are just some of the benefits of innovation in crop protection products that we all enjoy today. A reliable food supply on a large scale and at reasonable cost can only be guaranteed with the help of crop protection products. Although often taken for granted, without these important products, food production would decline, many fruits and vegetables would be in short supply and prices would rise. By making agriculture more productive, these tools help to keep food prices in check for the consumer and fruit and vegetables that were once seasonal are now in year-round abundance. Our markets and stores are full of food that is nutritious and more affordable than ever.