Crop protection products play a critical role in helping farmers control pests that consume plant resources, transmit diseases and threaten production. Food crops compete with about 30,000 species of weeds, 3,000 species of nematodes and 10,000 species of plant-eating insects. Even with the help of crop protection products, an estimated 20 to 40 percent of potential food production is lost every year to pests.1
Companies in the crop protection industry operate within a highly structured framework to develop products that address the most pressing threats to food production. Prior to being approved for use, new crop protection products undergo rigorous evaluation by government authorities to understand benefits as well as any adverse effects on humans, wildlife, plants and other organisms. The product development process typically takes 8 to 11 years and requires an average investment of $280 million.
The result is a carefully managed risk profile for every crop protection product to support farmers in their care of the local environment while maintaining economic prosperity on the farm.