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Crop Protection Facts

U.S. consumers spend about 10% of their income on food, while consumers in other countries, such as France and India, use between 13 – 35% of their income on food.

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Safeguarding Human Health

Many agricultural commodities are vulnerable to attack by aflatoxins and insect control is necessary to prevent its passage from insect to plant. Aflatoxin, a carcinogen, can cause liver and other cancers in humans, lower the body’s normal immune response, and can impair growth in children. Insecticides are used to control insect damage that leads to aflatoxin contamination.

 

For more information on how pesticides help to safeguard human health, see CropLife International's page on Public Health.

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