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Crop Protection Facts

The Irish potato famine was caused by a fungus that still exists today, but is mitigated through the use of fungicides.

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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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