Due to increased yield as well as decreased producer costs and reduced soil erosion, U.S. consumers and society benefit from atrazine and other triazine herbicides by up to 4.8-billion dollars per year. In addition, the U.S. economy benefits by as much as 22-billion dollars over a five-year period and 48-thousand American jobs in corn production.
David Bridges, President of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, University of Georgia, announced the findings in Kansas City, saying – it’s hard to overestimate the importance of atrazine and the triazine herbicides to U.S. agriculture and global food supplies. They benefit food production, the environment and the economy — and that means jobs.
The studies’ key findings include: 1/ Atrazine increases U.S. corn output by 600 million bushels per year. 2/ The triazines prevent up to 85 million metric tons of soil erosion per year — enough to fill more than 3 million dump trucks. 3/ Atrazine and the other triazine herbicides help reduce emissions by up to 280-thousand metric tons of CO2 per year. And 4/ Growers are using atrazine to control new herbicide-resistant weeds. The findings also show that atrazine increases U.S. corn production by about 7 additional bushels per acre, while U.S. sorghum farmers benefit by more than 13 additional bushels per acre of yield. Those yields help save the U.S. beef, dairy, pork, poultry and egg industries more than 1.4-billion dollars per year.