USSEC debunks false ag chemical usage report
Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stopped issuing its annual U.S. agricultural chemical usage report years ago due to budgetary reasons, some anti-biotechnology activists have recently begun publishing their own "reports" in which they assert that U.S. farmers have massively increased the amounts of herbicides applied per acre, in order to try to combat herbicide-resistant weeds in the U.S.
Those activist reports utilized the last USDA report's data (from the 2006 crop) as a starting point, then extrapolated upward from those amounts to get to their estimated amount of herbicide applied to the 2012 U.S. crop.
Because those activist "reports" had begun to alarm some international regulatory officials and some international soy customers, U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Technical Issues Director Kim Nill distributed to USSEC's international offices and applicable consultants the 2013 USDA Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report.
That PDP report chronicled the extensive 2012 testing by USDA of both U.S. soybeans and U.S. rural drinking water supplies for any violative (too high) ag chemical residues, and of course reported no such residue violations were found.
The PDP report will be utilized by USSEC offices, along with the separate annual USSEC report that covers agricultural chemical residue testing done on U.S. export-bound soybeans, to continue to assure international regulators and customers that U.S. soybeans do not have excessive amounts of agricultural chemicals applied to them, and that U.S. soybeans remain the safest and most sustainably-produced soybeans in the world.