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There simply is no good replacement for atrazine
Weeds are the most significant threat to global food production. Atrazine is one of the most effective and versatile tools for controlling weeds and protecting the food supply.
In the U.S., weeds cost American farmers more than $20 billion a yearcosts ultimately passed on to consumers.
Over its half-century of use, there has been remarkably little indication that weeds are developing resistance developing to atrazine. This makes atrazine very important to farmers who mix it with another useful herbicide, glyphosate, for which resistant strains of weeds are a growing and costly problem.
And there are no ready replacements for atrazine.
If atrazine were unavailable, glyphosate and other herbicides would be greatly reduced in efficiency. This is why in the U.S. and developed world, atrazine represents an environmental and economic boon.