Crop protection protects biodiversity by controlling noxious, invasive weeds that may choke waterways or overrun natural habitats. They also aid in the safety of America’s roadways by keeping road signs, right-of-ways, power lines, and railroad tracks visible and clear from weeds.
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.