Source: CropLife America

CropLife America (CLA) remains committed in believing that the Endangered Species Act is an important and valuable program, but one which requires extensive reform. This is further evidenced by a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Jan. 19, 2011. This lawsuit alleges that EPA has failed to consult with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service ("the Services") to ensure that crop protection products do not jeopardize endangered species, while the plaintiffs overlook the numerous benefits of modern agriculture, its rigorous regulatory oversight and proven role in protecting America's wildlife.

"The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is an important legislative vehicle which helps facilitate the conservation of endangered plants and animals, yet the litigation filed by CBD and PANNA reflects the much larger issue: real ESA reform is required to protect endangered species," said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. "However, litigation does not help to improve a system which can only be fixed through sound policy and legislation."
 
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