Pesticide Fear-mongering

“Pesticide Fear-mongering is the Real Pest,” by American Council on Science and Health.
As crop growers endeavor to meet the increasing global demand for food, fuel, and livestock feed, a longstanding debate has intensified: Do the higher levels of herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers used in agriculture today pose an environmental hazard? Groups ranging from the Union of Concerned Scientists to the Natural Resources Defense Council are lobbying both Congress and the EPA to address these concerns. The NRDC’s Gina Solomon, for instance, accused the EPA of “dragging its feet” on tightening pesticide regulations, given their dangers. Yet many of those involved in the production of crops say that current chemical regulation is adequate, and the real concern is making sure there are enough crops for the world’s expanding population. Read the full article in ACSH Dispatch.

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