Pesticides are vital and necessary components in growing the high-quality, nutritious food that we eat, and they also contribute to stronger environmental and human health, sustainable growing practices and ecological diversity. The crop protection industry wants to make the world the best place it can be, and supports farmers and ranchers, families, wildlife and the vital resources that we all share. Would the world be a better place without pesticides? We believe that without them, our overall quality of life would diminish.
EPA sets safety limits for pesticide residue and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Pesticide Data Program reports continually show that the limits are almost never exceeded. In fact, less than one percent of the produce samples that are tested by USDA exceed EPA’s pesticide residue limits.
EPA’s process to assess the safety and register new pesticides is intentionally rigorous, requiring applicants to submit results from more than 100 scientific tests which undergo careful scrutiny.
Every crop protection product sold in the U.S. must have an EPA-approved label with specific directions on application use and storage. Certified pesticide applicators must pass an EPA-approved, state administered training course and exam in pesticide handling and safety in order to be certified to work with pesticides.
Herbicide use allows for conservation tillage which offers energy savings of 9 percent as compared with conventional tilling methods.
Per unit of production for cotton, corn and soybeans, energy use has decreased by 31 percent, 44 percent and 48 percent, respectively.
Conservation tillage reduces soil and water impacts, saving these resources for endangered species and wildlife. Farmers who use conservation tillage can reduce fuel use by approximately 50 percent as well as soil erosion, thereby increasing water and nutrient-holding capacities.
Studies show eating seven or more portions of fruit, vegetables and cereals a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent compared to eating less than one portion.
Organic or conventional, organizations such as the American Cancer Society stress the importance of a diet rich in produce as key to a healthy lifestyle.
Eating seven or more portions of fruits and vegetables reduces the specific risks of death by cancer and heart disease by 25 percent and 31 percent respectively.