Imagine spending $50 every minute for 11 years! That’s what the crop protection industry does to develop cutting edge products for farmers.
Only through investment in innovation can we help farmers deal with the ever-increasing threat from crop pests, while also meeting more exacting societal expectations for pesticide products that are safe for human health and the environment.
For example, advancements have led to a 95% reduction in the application rate of a pesticide per hectare since 1950, meaning farmers need to apply a lower dose to achieve the same efficacy. At the same time, the product safety profile has improved with a 40% reduction in acute toxicity.
Learn more about active ingredient innovations that are changing the face of the crop protection industry here.
This story is part of our Partner Spotlight on CropLife International. CropLife is committed to bringing farmers the plant science they need to help them grow crops in sustainable ways. The innovations in plant protection shared through this Partner Spotlight are some of the many examples that are helping farmers cope with increasing threats worldwide. As a Partner in GFAR, CropLife’s researchers believe that the future of farming can only benefit from informed discussion and knowledge sharing, and that engagement and partnerships are key to improving agriculture. They know that to progress farmers and rural communities they must be empowered to take ownership of their own futures and become drivers of the innovations they wish to see.