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CAMPBELL'S BAUM CALLS FOR PEST MANAGEMENT ACTION

 CAMPBELL'S BAUM CALLS FOR PEST MANAGEMENT ACTION
 CAMDEN, N.J., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Herbert M. Baum, president of


Campbell North and South America and chairman of the National Food Processors Association, called for broader acceptance of integrated pest management (IPM) throughout agriculture and the food processing industry at the National Integrated Pest Management Forum in Arlington, Va., Wednesday.
 The conference, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is designed to foster the use of integrated pest management in agriculture. IPM employs techniques that control, manage and significantly reduce the amount of pesticides used in crop production.
 Baum cited the safety of the American food supply, and the substantial progress achieved in recent years in the use of IPM by the industry, particularly Campbell. "We made a commitment several years ago to establish a leadership position in IPM," said Baum. "Food safety is one reason. Economic and environmental factors are other reasons."
 "Campbell recognized that reducing pesticide usage would be environmentally friendly, specifically safeguarding ground water supplies, preserving wildlife and protecting insects. In addition, it became apparent that IPM would offer economic advantages by reducing the amount of pesticides applied without reducing crop yields," said Baum.
 Baum expressed the need for outlining a game plan that demands further commitment for the use of IPM from all players involved -- growers, chemical companies, crop consultants, food processors, universities, the environmental community and government agencies.
 Food processors should encourage growers to utilize IPM techniques and to provide the necessary resources and education programs to ensure the practice of IPM.
 Agri-chemical companies must continue to provide new kinds of resources such as diagnostic tools for detecting plant diseases and measuring pesticide residues.
 Government and universities must continue supporting and carrying out basic IPM research, Baum said. The Cooperative Extension Service should continue its role in raising awareness of IPM on the farm and teaching farmers how to implement the approach, he concluded.
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