ASTA Signs Letter in Support of Pesticide Law

  • On September 30, 2020
  • American Seed Trade Association, ASTA, Congress, FIFRA, House of Representatives, pesticide laws, Pesticides, Senate

ASTA and over 300 agriculture and conservation organizations­ sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voicing support for pesticide regulations currently in place under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The letter is in response to recently introduced legislation that would undermine the science-based standards contained within U.S. pesticide laws.

Congress has amended FIFRA several times to strengthen the regulatory standard for safety. Under the current law, pesticides that are approved for use are subject to continuous review whenever new scientific data becomes available. Each pesticide approved for use in the U.S. must be reviewed every 15 years, but they are generally assessed more frequently as more data becomes available.