By 2035, there will be nearly nine billion people on earth. World food needs will triple, but land area suitable for farming is not increasing. High-yield agriculture benefits the environment by producing maximum crop yields from a small amount of land.
Without crop protection products to control insects, weeds and diseases, crop yields per acre would drop by more than 50 percent. The result would be skyrocketing food prices and widespread hunger. An increase in land used by agriculture would also mean a decrease in land for wildlife habitat, rainforests, and recreation.