U.S. ag exports threatened by EU pesticide regulation
“CLA is concerned by the findings of this report and the potential impacts a hazard-based precautionary regulation may have on agricultural trade between the U.S. and EU,” said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “As one of the main objectives of TTIP is to seek regulatory convergence, differing regulatory frameworks for crop protection products present serious economic and trade impacts. While TTIP works to open up trade between the U.S. and the EU, Regulation 1107/2009 could shut it down.”
In the U.S., the EPA requires extensive testing on all new pesticide active ingredients in order to determine their potential impacts on human health and the environment. These tests include acute and chronic health effects, as well as reproductive and generational effects that are important to consider for endocrine disruption. The testing also addresses sensitive sub-populations including children and pregnant women. In addition, the EPA has developed a two-tiered screening program for all chemicals to identify adverse effects specific to endocrine-disrupting activity – the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). CLA members actively support science-based regulation and the EDSP, and have committed significant resources to the testing required by the EPA to develop the program.
Research demonstrates that there are thresholds of exposure that do not adversely impact the human endocrine system, which is complex and interacts with both natural and manmade compounds, such as soy, sunlight and stress. It is important that regulators have the ability to discern between substances that do and do not pose concern. Understanding potency and exposure enables regulators to minimize risk while still benefiting from technology. Risk assessment serves as the basis of the regulatory approach taken in the U.S., while the precautionary approach being pursued in the EU seeks to remove beneficial technologies from the market.
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The full report is available for download at http://www.croplifeamerica.org/EU-Impact-Assessment. For more information about the EDSP, visit the EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/endo/.