Report examines value of seed treatment for agriculture
CLF held a press event this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., which included presentations from Jay Vroom, CLF’s chair of the board of directors; Andrew W. LaVigne, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA); and Tim Burrack, farmer and vice chair of the board of directors of Truth About Trade & Technology (TATT).
Vroom highlighted key findings of the report and emphasized the value of seed treatment for farmers in the U.S., including the class of neonicotinoid insecticides. “CLF’s new report includes detailed information on an array of seed treatment solutions, including neonicotinoid insecticides, which provide excellent control of many insect pests, and have also been shown to improve plant health,” Vroom noted. “These products are strictly regulated in the U.S. by the EPA, and under science-based regulations, American farmers continue to reap the benefits of these products. Seed treatment is a vital component in the array of technologies that American farmers select in order to produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for their communities.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current regulatory process for neonicotinoids and other crop protection products establishes protection levels for both humans and wildlife on the basis of numerous scientific tests. Strict product labeling standards established by EPA also ensure that products are used responsibly. Through a periodic review process, EPA continues to assess any potential risks of neonicotinoids and other crop protection products.
To download the full report, visit http://croplifeamerica.org/seedtreatment.
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