CAST, standing for Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, is a non-profit association of research organizations and individuals.
Crop protection is critical to the growth of healthy plants, the enhancement of the environment, and the production of healthy foods.
Recognition of the critical role of crop protection in food production has been ignored and derided by some sectors. This Issue Paper reviews the benefits of crop protection, including the use of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides in crop production. The information provides a summary of the benefits of Integrated Pest Management as well as a section focusing on new uses of pesticides that are efficacious in reducing risk and providing new benefits.