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The Contributions of Pesticides to Pest Management in Meeting the Global Need for Food Production by 2050

A new paper that considers the growing population and how pesticides can help meet the need for food production by 2050. Along with better pest management, pesticides have led to the development of improved agronomic practices such as no till, conservation tillage, higher plant densities, increased yields, and the efficient use of water and nutrients. When applied in safe, smart ways, pesticides lead to more sustainable agriculture. The authors cite many statistics and specific examples. They point out that more than 800 million people in the world are food insecure today and that the amount of crop yield lost yearly to pests can run upwards of 30%. But they are optimistic about developments occurring around the globe to minimize this loss. When pesticides are effectively applied and fully integrated into a comprehensive approach, the world will be on its way to providing sustenance for the 9 billion humans on earth in 2050.
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