"SWEEPING U.S. PESTICIDE REFORM BILL INTRODUCED, BANNING SOME CHEMICAL AGENTS." Our current regulatory structure for assessing pesticides is deeply broken, and regularly caters to vested interests marching to elite political dictates over scientific scrutiny.
The formerly-valuable Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), founded in the environmental era of the 1960s by President Nixon has devolved to dysfunction which increasingly fails to protect the public interest and instead utilizes political power which consistently kowtows to powerful economic forces such as Industrial Ag and pesticide manufacturers.
Reform is urgently needed and this bill – sweeping in its broad reform – could pass if there is a shake-up in Washington. Caleb, Megan & Jim
"The Protect America’s Children From Toxic Pesticides Act of 2020, introduced on Tuesday by Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, and Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat of Colorado, would overhaul the nation’s framework for regulating the sale and use of pesticides to safeguard public health and the environment, the legislators said in a press call with a panel of experts.
"Current regulations are based on outdated science and contain loopholes that keep dangerous pesticides on the market despite clear evidence of harm to people and the environment, they said. 'Our nation’s system for regulating harmful pesticides is broken and badly outdated,' said Sen. Udall. The system was meant to protect farmers and agricultural workers, consumers and the environment, he said. “'But it’s not. It’s protecting the pesticide industry.'”
The Protect America’s Children From Toxic Pesticides Act of 2020 would overhaul the nation’s framework for regulating the sale and use of pesticides.