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Farming without pesticides could double crop losses, boost global food prices, UK economist warns

| July 18, 2019

The average UK family grocery bill could increase by more than [$977] over the course of a year without the use of plant protection products …. according to a new report by Sean Rickard, a former chief economist for the [National Farmer’s Union] and now an independent economist.

Plant protection products (PPPs), also known as pesticides, prevent the loss of crop yields by guarding them from more than 10,000 species of pests, 30,000 species of weeds and countless diseases.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimate that on average 26-40% of crop yields are lost to weeds, pests and diseases.

Without PPPs, they estimate the losses could double. The report says that if farmers were denied access to these products there would be a significant drop in global food production. There would also be a subsequent hike in food prices and a decrease in overall quality.

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