The Future of Crop Protection - A Report by Park Partner Earlham Institute

3 June 2019

A new KTN report by EI’s Head of Business Development & Impact, Dr Liliya Serazetdinova, discusses novel approaches for crop protection and highlights recent innovations from UK companies.

The use of pesticides in agriculture has become a controversial discussion point. Pesticides have a significant role to play in increasing agricultural production around the world and improving food safety. However, due to an increasing awareness of potential adverse effects of pesticides on the safety of foods and on the environment, a shift from scientific to political influence, and from risk- to hazard-based assessment, regulatory bodies in the EU are now increasingly restricting their use. This in turn limits the range of chemicals that farmers can use to control pests and diseases as well as when and where they can be used.

The development of new and safer pest control methods, including alternatives to widely used chemical pesticides, has become a serious priority for the entire agri-food industry. This new KTN report provides examples of some novel approaches for crop protection that have the potential to become more mainstream in the future, and UK companies that are developing them.

The report looks at the current state of the crop protection market, emphasising the need for effective crop protection methods if we are to continue to improve agricultural production, balanced against identified issues with the current use of pesticides. As a result of growing consumer concerns and regulatory pressure, farmers are increasingly facing a reduction in the range of crop protection chemicals they can use. The development of new and safer pest control methods, including alternatives to widely used chemical pesticides, has become a serious priority for the entire agri-food industry.

If you want to learn more and download the report go here.