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Why are US Farmers moving towards Natural Pesticides?

Chemicals | Oct, 2017

Pesticides can be defined as the chemical as well as biological formulations which are tailored for utilization on agricultural land in order to eliminate a variety of unwanted insects and pests. The pesticide is a broader category which comprises of insecticides, nematicides, herbicides, rodenticides, etc. The major role played by pesticides as an efficient crop-protection chemical is boosting the growth of Global Pesticides Market at an agile rate.

Country Insights

As per the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American nations accounted for exporting agricultural products amounting to USD135.5 Billion across the globe. As a result, the United States is showcasing an overall positive agricultural trade balance and is aggressively engaged in the production of crops to suffice the needs of world’s growing population, thereby driving the demand for crop protection products such as pesticides.

US Agricultural Trade, By Value, 2011-16 (USD Billion)


Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Bio Pesticides Gaining Emergence amidst dwindling demand for Synthetic Pesticides in the United States: 

The country is throwing a moderate outlook for the growth of pesticides on account of stringent regulations and bans against synthetic pesticides with simultaneous adoption of organic farming practices using bio pesticides

USA Bio Pesticides Market Size, By Value, 2016 & 2026F, (USD Billion)


Source: TechSci Research Estimates

The usage of chemical or synthetic pesticides is witnessing a declining trend owing to their harmful impact on human health as well as environment. The volume consumption of chemical pesticides in the United States is decreasing which is clearly indicated by the plummeting farm income of the nation over the past years. Moreover, the increasingly complex process enforced by US EPA for the registration of chemical pesticides is further deterring their production & consumption. 

Meanwhile, bio pesticides are emerging as a sustainable and renewable solution for the agricultural farmers in US. Biopesticides are anticipated to record robust growth in the country owing to the rising home gardening practices and increasing awareness and adoption of Integrated pest management (IPM) techniques among farmers. 

USA Pesticides Applied to Selected Vegetables in 2016, (% of Planted Acres)


 Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Increasing Trend of Organic Agriculture

The health-conscious population in the US is escalating the sales of organic food, which is driving the organic agriculture industry at a modest pace. As a result, the farmers are moving away from the conventional agriculture and are demonstrating preference towards green and eco-friendly agricultural practices. The affordability and environment friendly nature of organic agriculture is resulting in the rising number of certified organic farms in the country which is positively influencing the demand for pesticides across US.

Partial List of Certified Organic Farms in US, As of 2016


                                                                                                                            Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)


In conclusion, the Global Pesticides market stood at USD61.84 Billion during 2016 and is expected to surpass USD100 Billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5.79% during the forecast period. The emerging need to raise agricultural yield and crop produce to address food security issues is primarily driving the global pesticides market. Moreover, the adoption of GM technology, resulting in herbicide and insect resistant crop strains are boosting the sales of pesticides worldwide. Consequently, the decreasing arable land, burgeoning population and adoption of eco-friendly pesticides are some of the factors which would augment the demand for pesticides globally over the coming years

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