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Globally, farmers lose 30 to 40 percent of their crops due to pests and diseases, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization. To help reduce these losses, farmers use an approach known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) where they use the best combination of cultural, biological and chemical measures to keep their crops pest free. When it comes to chemical intervention, there are three main categories:

  1. Herbicides: These kill or stop the growth of unwanted weeds. Worldwide, farmers have to contend with more than 30,000 species of weeds which fight with food crops for space, water and soil nutrients.
  2. Insecticides: These kill insects and mites, such as these Bug Thugs. More than 10,000 species of plant-eating insects and 3,000 species of roundworms can attack farmers’ crops around the world leaving food damaged and inedible.
  3. Fungicides: These destroy or prevent the growth of disease-causing fungi. There are more than 50,000 diseases that get inside crops and poison or kill plant cells.

Without chemical protection, global crop yields would be decimated – here’s a snapshot of what your local market might look like if farmers didn’t have this vital tool.

This article was taken from CropLife International Plant Science Post.

DO YOU KNOW how a biotech crop is created?

For thousands of years, farmers and researchers used traditional breeding methods to develop many of the domesticated crops we enjoy today. In the past 100 years though, our global population tripled and plant breeders needed faster and more effective methods to meet the growing demands of our world. Biotechnology provided precise tools that enabled researchers to add a ‘trait’ or characteristic to a plant. These traits can make the crop heartier and healthier, add higher levels of vitamins, or provide a longer shelf-life after harvest _ the opportunities are endless.How a Biotech Crop is Created

DO YOU KNOW WHY do farmers need to control weeds and insects?

The majority of weeds and insects are unwelcome in a farmer’s field. Left uncontrolled they can reduce plant health, robbing a crop of yield and quality. This also impacts a farmer’s bottom line. It’s in everyone’s best interest to limit weeds and insect pressure to help achieve a harvest of safe, affordable and abundant food.

Source: CropLife International
PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY 101 – Answering Your Questions