Global
Agriculture
Global
Agriculture

Plant Protection Products

 

Modern fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, seed treatments and pest control products, but also biological crop protection support farmers to protect their crops against plant diseases, weeds, insects and rodents.

When used properly, crop protection products do not pose any unacceptable risk to humans, animals or the environment. We are committed to strict environmental standards. Our crop protection products are developed with utmost care and tested both by us and by external, independent authorities. However, it is possible that chemical crop protection products emit to the environment, with potential effects on the health of animals or people on the farm or in the vicinity. Therefore, AgBalance supports farmers in assessing the toxicological footprint of their farm operation, in order to make good decisions on agricultural practices.

Plant Protection Products and AgBalance

In AgBalance® the following Plant Protection Agents are assessed: Bactericides, Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides, Growth Regulators and Seed Treatments

The amount of applied active ingredients is entered into the model and then, depending on the scope and goal of the study, either assessed with a detailed analysis of each active ingredient applied or a generic analysis of unspecified pesticides.

The input of adjuvants is usually excluded from the AgBalance® Model, since a suitable proxy is not available. However, if the farming practices subject of sustainability analysis involve the application of an amount of adjuvant larger than 5L/ha, the model is adapted to include it.

1.         Detailed analysis of active ingredients

For a detailed analysis of the specific active ingredients, the production is estimated using datasets on specific active ingredients. Depending on the scope of the sustainability analysis, this list of active ingredients can be extended when LCI data for production of the specific active ingredient are available.

2.         Generic analysis

If no single datasets for the active ingredients are not available (e.g. production dataset is missing), a generic analysis is chosen. Here, the production of CPAs is estimated with an average production process for either pesticides or their subgroups (e.g. Fungicides).

Impact of Plant Protection Products

The provision and application of Plant Protection Products has an impact on the following categories: Climate Change (e.g. emissions from production), Biodiversity (e.g. amount of products applied), Toxicity, Water Scarcity (e.g. amount of water used for dilution) and other impact categories (e.g. resource needs for production)