"create problems" vs "produce problems"


Senior Member
Is "produce problems" make sense?

For example:

Littering creates hygiene problems.

Is "littering produces hygiene problems" equally good an expression?
  • gramman

    Senior Member
    I'd say creates works better here than produces. They both can mean "cause to exist," but in my view problems are more likely created than produced.

    On another point, it might be better to say that littering can create hygiene problems, since it doesn't necessarily do so. Maybe even "Littering can produce serious hygiene problems."