Today, growers of many U.S. crops hire independent professional consultants to manage their product use and only request applications of crop protection products when a problem arises. They also use products that are specific to the pests present. This has led some crops, like cotton, to reduce product applications from 20 or 40 applications per year down to 4 or 5.
Helping to Feed a Hungry World
Over 900 million people suffer from malnutrition today, and having a safe and sustainable food supply is thus a top priority worldwide. Crop protection products enable farmers to obtain the highest quality and quantity yields possible, and are a critical part of ensuring that modern agriculture continues to feed a hungry world on limited farmland. For instance, without the crop protection products produced by CropLife America member companies, it would take twice as many acres to provide the current supply of rice grown in the United States.
In the next 20-30 years, agricultural output will need to double in size in order to feed the projected world population, which the United Nations predicts is likely to exceed 9 billion by the year 2030. Now more than ever, crop protection products are a necessary part of ensuring farmers' ability to produce higher crop yields on limited acreage.