Summary of the issue
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a holistic approach to sustainable crop protection that focuses on managing insects, weeds and diseases through a combination of cultural, physical, biological and chemical methods that are cost effective, environmentally sound and socially acceptable. Compulsory in the EU since 2014, IPM includes the responsible use of pesticides and plant biotech solutions.
Why it’s important
Increasing yields on the existing agricultural land base whilst protecting biodiversity and the environment has never been more important as the global population rises and demand for food and pressure on natural resources grows. IPM is a system of pest prevention, pest monitoring, and intervention when necessary; utilising a range of pest management tools to provide farmers a means to minimise crop losses to pests and disease, and sustainably maximise production.