Integrated pest management (IPM), also known as integrated pest control (IPC) is a broad-based approach that integrates practices for economic control of pests. IPM aims to suppress pest populations below the economic injury level (EIL). SA’s Food and Agriculture Organization defines IPM as “the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy environment with the least possible disruption to ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms.” Entomologists have urged the adoption of IPM pest control since the 1970s. IPM allows for safer pest control.[clarification needed]
The introduction and spread of invasive species can also be managed with IPM by reducing risks while maximizing benefits and reducing costs.