Currently in the U.S., 2 million acres of farmland are devoted to growing rice. Without crop protection products, it would take twice as many acres to provide the same supply.
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.