CCM Director John Gless was on The Today Show Thursday morning to discuss EPA’s decision to not ban Chlorpyrifos, an important crop protection tool against the Asian citrus psyllid.
The NBC News‘ segment was a balanced overview of the issue, however, the segment omitted some salient facts:
- Consumers can be assured that produce grown in the U.S. is safe. Regular testing is by the USDA and the CA Department of Pesticide Regulation to ensure pesticide residues on food are below mandated tolerance levels. Every year the report shows that residue levels are far below the EPA’s standards.
- The danger is in the dose, whether it is an agricultural pesticide or house hold cleaner. Growers follow label restrictions and utilize advanced precision technology to eliminate the risk of over-spraying or drift.
- Chlorpyrifos is a widely-used crop protection tool for many commodities. For citrus, it is part of our Integrated Pest Management programs and provides a critically needed defense against the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing.
CCM applauds EPA and USDA for basing its decision on science and not pandering to demands by activists.
Watch the full segment here.