UN Sustainable Development Goals: How can sustainable/green chemistry contribute? The view from the agrochemical industry

Elsevier, Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 13, October 2018, Pages 158-163.
Authors: 
Timothy J. C. O'Riordan

Abstract

Producing enough food of sufficient quality to feed an ever increasing population faces many challenges. This will require higher yields from agricultural production to meet the demands of changing population demographics using the limited natural resources available. Crop protection chemicals, developed by the agrochemical industry, are used by growers to ensure that consistently high yields are obtained, provide ease and reliability of harvest and to maintain excellent quality of produce from the crops they grow. This article details the importance of crop protection chemicals, the process from invention to registration and how green and sustainable chemistry is applicable at each stage of their development.