ag·​ro·​chem·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-grō-ˈke-mi-kəl How to pronounce agrochemical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly agrichemical \ ˌa-​gri-​ˈke-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce agrichemical (audio) \

Definition of agrochemical

: an agricultural chemical (such as an herbicide or an insecticide)

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The agrochemical giant sells 50 percent of Malawi’s commercial corn seeds, and their sales would plummet if the subsidies were eliminated or redirected to more productive uses. Timothy A. Wise, WIRED, "Big Ag Is Sabotaging Progress on Climate Change," 28 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, hundreds of glyphosate lawsuits are still pending, all of them directed at German multinational Bayer, which bought agrochemical giant Monsanto last year. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Syngenta just funded a study on the best way to spray glyphosate," 16 Aug. 2019 But consider who stands to lose from such a shift: corporate interests that profit from modern agrochemical-intensive farming and factory-farm livestock production. David R. Montgomery, The Conversation, "Restoring soil can help address climate change," 13 Aug. 2019 The bigger picture is even more exciting: Robotics can be applied to fungicides, insecticides, and even fertilizers, reducing agrochemicals in large-scale farming by 90-plus percent. Sean Illing, Vox, "The climate crisis and the end of the golden era of food choice," 24 June 2019 The German company acquired Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, in a $63 billion deal last year, creating the world’s largest seed and agrochemical company., "Roundup maker, embroiled in cancer cases, is putting $5 billion into new kind of weedkiller," 15 June 2019 Bayer acquired Monsanto in a $63 billion acquisition last year, creating the world’s largest seed and agrochemical company. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Roundup is embroiled in cancer cases. Now its maker is putting $5 billion toward a new kind of weed killer.," 14 June 2019 While microbiologists emphasize the urgency of fighting antibiotic resistance, agrochemical industry veterans like Mr. Simmons say it must be balanced against hunger and the world’s growing demand for food. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "Warning of ‘Pig Zero’: One Drugmaker’s Push to Sell More Antibiotics," 7 June 2019 The dusty road leads straight to the grain silo, where farmers in nearly identical overalls and plaid shirts wait next to a small shop selling tubs of agrochemicals and piles of seed bags. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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