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The Crop Protection Association (CPA) is a key voice of the UK plant science industry, which promotes the role of modern plant science in safeguarding our food supply from seed to shelf. The organisation is proud to represent an industry that is innovative, science led and invests in UK based research and development. Pesticides are a fundamental part of modern food production but their use often divides opinion and is subject to a great deal of misunderstanding. The Crop Protection Association (CPA) is made up of 22 member companies representing 96% of the UK market. These members develop and manufacture innovative products and agricultural technologies that help farmers grow healthy crops, protecting their food supply against the pests, weeds and diseases that would otherwise cause them to lose between 30-40% of their food. As well as agriculture and horticulture group members also provide solutions for home and garden use, helping improve their lawns, vegetable plots and ornamentals; and for use in the amenity sector maintaining their transport and public infrastructure, from roads and railways, to parks, golf courses and sports grounds. These include the formulation and manufacture of synthetic and bio pesticides, seed and plant breeding and agricultural biotechnology. Feeding a global population set to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 will require a 70% increase in global agricultural productivity and farmers will need every available technology – including pesticides – to ensure crop production meets this demand while protecting the natural environment and conserving precious natural resources.
The key voice of the UK plant science industry - putting a fresh perspective on the essential role of crop protection in safeguarding our food supply, protecting the environment and improving our quality of life. CPA is committed to explaining the role of the Crop Protection industry and the benefits of its products to the community. This includes engaging in constructive and intensive dialogue with relevant stakeholders to ensure that these benefits are fully recognised and accepted.