Webinar: Planting Seeds for Future Success: The Rise of Biological Crop Protection
October 21, 2014
Sara Olson, Ph.D.
The social and environmental impacts of striving to feed more than 7 billion increasingly prosperous people strain the existing agricultural industry, driving innovators to seek new and alternative technologies for food production. Among them are increasingly intensive synthetic crop protection chemistries as well as the new array of biological options for crop protection and growth enhancement. However, misconceptions and misapprehensions abound for these novel approaches, with skeptics citing the technical infeasibility and minimal market impacts of biologicals. Proponents evoke the products’ more limited environmental impacts and rapid product development cycles. In this uncertain space, we must define a clear path to success, by exploring:
The driving and constraining forces shaping crop protection strategy, both synthetic and biological
Why biologicals will double in the coming decade
The probable winners and losers as biologicals come into their own