Crop protection products crucial for commercial viability, says Deloitte study | Food Magazine

The findings of this DeLoitte report on the Australian agricultural chemical industry, indicating that over two-thirds of farm output is attributable to chemical usage, would be mirrored in most parts of the world, including Georgia. Organic production is all very well is one has customers willing to pay double or triple the price of conventional product, but we cannot feed the world through Organic methodologies.

Crop protection products crucial for commercial viability, says Deloitte study | Food Magazine

A new study which was conducted by Deloitte and commissioned by CropLife Australia, states that without the use of approved crop protection products, crucial food crops including carrots, peanuts and even hops would be commercially unviable.

The report titled The Deloitte Access Economics report found that up to 68 percent – equating to $17.6b of Australian agricultural output, can be attributed to the use of crop protection products, and that the sector itself employs up to 9,250 full time equivalent jobs across the nation.

“Our report highlights the multiple contributions the crop protection industry makes to the economy in areas including employment, exports, manufacturing and trade,” said Deloitte Access Economics Partner Steve Brown.

CEO of CropLife Australia Matthew Cossey said that without the use of approved, modern agrichemicals, Australia would essentially be incapable of commercially producing beer, wine and an array of local produce.

“Our grocery bills would be almost twice as expensive and the variety of local food to which we’d have access would be alarmingly narrow,” Said Cossey.

“…This report demonstrates the relevance and importance of the initiatives set out in the Coalition’s current agriculture policy. It is absolutely vital that Australian farmers have access to the most up-to-date, sustainable agricultural chemical products for the sake of our farmers, our food supply and our economy.”

The study comes at a time when the use of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides – particularly in relation to genetically modified crops – have come under much debate.

via Crop protection products crucial for commercial viability, says Deloitte study | Food Magazine.

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