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The Benefits of Atrazine: Environmentally Responsible

Atrazine and other triazine herbicides already help reduce emissions by up to 280,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Atrazine enables U.S. farmers to grow more crops with less of everything—less land, less water, less labor, less energy, and less carbon released into the atmosphere.

It has aided the adoption of conservation tillage and no-till systems throughout the United States. The reduction of tillage has led to a reduction in soil erosion and associated negative environmental impacts of agriculture, improving water quality, and enhancing the sustainability of U.S. crop production.

In all, conservation tillage and related practices, made possible in part by atrazine and other triazine herbicides, have led to a 43 percent decrease in soil erosion from U.S. farmland over the past three decades.

More Land

  • The use of triazine herbicides reduces aggregate soil erosion by 56 to 85 million tons per year, enough to fill 3.4 to 4 million dump trucks which, if parked end-to-end, would stretch about 13,000 to 15,000 miles, or more than halfway around the globe.
  • It is estimated that without the use of triazine herbicides, the expected rate of soil erosion would be 8.5 percent higher for corn, 11.2 percent higher for sorghum, 7.5 percent higher for soybeans, and 4.4 percent higher for cotton.

Safe Streams

  • Atrazine is the foundation of corn, sorghum, and sugar cane weed control systems, and yet atrazine concentrations in surface water have declined dramatically over the past 20 years.
  • From 1989 to 1998, there was a 60 percent decline in atrazine concentration in Midwestern rivers, according to a study conducted by U.S. Geological Survey.

Clean Air

  • Through an increase in low-till and no-till farming, atrazine, and other non-triazine herbicides help reduce agricultural diesel fuel use ranges from 18 to 28 million gallons per year, including a 45 percent reduction for tillage in the Midwest.
  • Atrazine and other non-triazine herbicides help reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 180,000 to 280,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year due to a decrease in diesel fuel usage.