Farmers use pesticides to:protect crops from insect pests,weeds and fungal diseases while they are growingprevent rats,mice,flies and other insects from contaminating foods whilst they are being storedsafeguard human health,by stopping food crops being contaminated by fungi
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What are the benefits of pesticides?
Pesticides can prolong the life of crops and prevent post-harvest losses. Currently, about 925 million people around the world 鈥?one in seven of us 鈥?are going hungry. To reduce hunger, we need to increase food productivity. Pesticides help farmers do that. Pesticides enable farmers to produce safe, quality foods at affordable prices.
What is the role of pesticides in food production?
Pesticides have an important role to play in ensuring that there is enough safe and healthy food for the world’s population. The number of people in the world is growing with numbers expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. There is no doubt the use of pesticides is a controversial topic and even, sometimes, an emotive one.
What are the uses of insecticides?
Pesticides are used to control various pests and disease carriers, such as mosquitoes, ticks, rats and mice.
Are pesticides safe to use?
However, as pesticides are used to kill or control harmful organisms, unwanted pests, weeds, etc. they have the capacity to harm people, other non-target organisms (wildlife) and the environment. Legislation to control the marketing and use of pesticides is designed to minimise such risks and strict controls are in place over their sale and use.