Crop plants must compete with 30,000 species of weeds, 3,000 species of nematodes and 10,000 species of plant-eating insects. Despite the use of modern crop protection products, 20-40% of potential food production is still lost every year to pests. An adequate, reliable food supply cannot be guaranteed without the use of crop protection products.
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.