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Helping Farms Thrive
The Plant Defenders
Close up on young sprouts

Before it reaches our tables, the food we eat has to withstand many environmental challenges in the field such as invasive weeds, harmful insects, fungi, diseases, and extreme weather conditions. Without crop protection solutions, a lot of the food that farmers grow wouldn’t be able to thrive. In fact, right now, an average of 35 percent of crops grown for human consumption are lost each year to pre-harvest pests

 

It’s a considerable number. These in-field losses not only threaten our global food security but also have the potential to limit food access due to unavailability or price increases. But this challenge is  an opportunity to find new ways to help crops better withstand adverse conditions in a farmer’s field. 

 

Why Crop Protection?

Everyone deserves access to nutritious and affordable food, and farmers work hard to grow their crops in ways that make that possible. To do so, they use crop protection, or the science of better enabling plants to defend themselves against pests, weeds, and diseases. 

A healthy banana root and a banana root damaged by nematodes. Experts estimate that over 12 percent  of crops worldwide are lost to nematode infestation, adding up to $437 billion ($157 billion USD) in damage. 
A healthy banana root and a banana root damaged by nematodes. Experts estimate that over 12 percent  of crops worldwide are lost to nematode infestation, adding up to $437 billion ($157 billion USD) in damage. 
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The Battleground in Your Backyard

Insects and weeds are challenges as old as farming itself, and though we’ve made incredible progress in better understanding how to manage and mitigate their damage, they cause considerable damage to crops  around the world. 

If you’ve ever tried to grow a vegetable garden, you’re probably more familiar with these challenges than you might have thought: 

Growing food safely and sustainably
Pests that might threaten crops nonetheless have a vital and positive role to play in the broader ecology. That’s why innovations in crop protection seek to find safe and effective ways to help all life thrive by preventing specific pests from damaging crops. That’s good for farms, biodiversity, and our environment as a whole.  

 

Why do we need to control weeds?

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The Big Picture

Though humanity has developed innovative ways to manage agricultural pests over thousands of years, these evolving threats still present an ongoing challenge for farmers around the world. That’s why at Bayer, we’re exploring new ideas that can help provide all farmers with the specific solutions they need to protect their crops.