The data is in on a class of pesticides called Nicotinoids detailing their pervasive harm to 100 million acres in the US each year - what has not been extensively studied is whether these pesticides actually are even effective for their intended use. All the irrevocable harm - where is the benefit?
MCA is proud to join Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the American Bird Conservancy along with many other organizations to urge the EPA to to discard a 1984 regulatory waiver that allowed companies to register pesticides without first submitting “efficacy” data showing that the product actually provides claimed benefits. Instead of requiring data on the costs versus the benefits of a pesticide application, the Reagan-era EPA simply formally declared: “rather than require efficacy data the Agency presumes that benefits exceed risks”.
Press from Environmental Health News
Press Release and Petition here