Formed in 1993, SePRO focuses on acquiring, developing, manufacturing and marketing value-added products for such specialty applications as aquatics and horticulture. The result: highly effective solutions and services never before available to these smaller markets.
CropLife International is a global federation representing the plant science industry. CLI addresses international developments in the area of crop protection (pesticides), biotechnology (GMOs) and sustainable agriculture. CLI is committed to the safe and responsible use of the industry's products in order to provide safe and abundant food as well as other benefits back to the consumer.
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.
The Contribution of Crop Protection Products to the United States Economy
On November 8, 2011, CropLife America (CLA) released the results of a report authored by agronomist Mark Goodwin (Mark Goodwin Consulting Ltd.), using the resources of economists and agricultural sources within the U.S. government, detailing how the use of crop protection products help invigorate the U.S. economy and spur job growth. “The Contribution of Crop Protection Products to the U.S. Economy” reveals that the benefits of using crop protection products extend beyond the farming industry into additional sectors, such as manufacturing, food services, construction and transportation. The total spin-offs resulting from crop protection usage in these sectors, and others, generate $33 billion in wages for more than 1.05 million Americans.
In addition, the report found that crop protection products:
- Add $82 billion in crop value at the farm gate;
- Account for virtually all of the surplus food America can export internationally;
- Save American families more than 40 percent of their grocery bills (fruits, vegetables);
- Allow for farmers to engage in conservation tillage, and those growers now save 558 million gallons of fuel per year, equaling 22.2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
Using the resources of economists and agricultural resources of the U.S. government, the report provides a detailed picture of the many ways modern agriculture not only increases crop yields but also adds economic value through jobs, wages and lower prices at the grocery store.