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|Questions about pesticides and food? We have answers.|
|You may not know it, but farmers care about the land as much as you do. Growing food is a demanding job with many challenges, and they need a variety of tools to meet those challenges. One of those tools getting a lot of attention is crop protection, which you may also know as pesticides. Whether used by farmers on conventional or organic farms, pesticides include any substance or mixture of substances intended to mitigate pests. That could be weeds, insects, fungi, larvae, slugs, or even bacteria! Farmers use pesticides as part of an integrated pest management program and apply them in the right place, at the right time, in the right amount.
Today’s pesticides are the result of many years of scientific research and testing. The crop protection industry and government agencies that regulate pesticides continually review and monitor them to identify any potential health effects.
PesticideFacts.org was launched by CropLife International to inform, explain and answer questions about pesticides and health. It discusses the necessity of pesticides, their testing and regulation, applicator and consumer safety, pesticide residues and the latest science regarding specific medical conditions most commonly and erroneously associated with pesticides, such as cancer, autism and Parkinson’s disease.
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