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Organic agriculture makes biopesticides more vital

- Analysis
To many consumers, they are a nest of evils. To growers, they are valuable tools that cannot be eliminated without grave difficulties. They are pesticides.

Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen released for 2022

- General News
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its contentious Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen annual guides for consumers to avoid pesticide residues.

The door closes on chlorpyrifos—for now

- Analysis
February 28 marked the end of the legal use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in the U.S.

Questions for EWG (Yes, we’re trying again)

- Analysis
For over 25 years, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its so-called “dirty dozen” list, which inaccurately disparages popular, affordable and more accessible fruits and vegetables.

EWG on the Dirty Dozen

- Analysis
I will be looking into the Dirty Dozen in a feature article in the May/June issue of “Produce Blueprints” magazine, but as an advance taste, I thought I would share some excerpts from an email interview with Alex Formuzis, senior vice president, communications and strategic campaigns for the EWG.

Latest USDA Pesticide Data Program report finds more than 99 percent of samples below benchmark levels

- General News
Over the 30 years, USDA has tested 126 commodities, including fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, grains, fish, rice, specialty products and water. PDP monitoring results for more than 310,000 samples through the years are available on the Pesticide Data Program website.

Fear of pesticides won’t go away

- Analysis
What stands out in these figures are worries about pesticide contamination: 81 percent reported being either “extremely concerned” or “very concerned” here.

FDA’s FY 2019 Pesticide Report shows low levels again

- General News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its annual Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Report for FY 2019. These results are consistent with the trend of low levels of pesticide residue violations over the past 8 years.

MCFA to Biden: Specialty crop growers must be part of pesticide policy conversations

- General News
Concerned that specialty crop growers are at risk of needlessly losing access to key “minor use” crop protection tools, Minor Crop Farmer Alliance (MCFA) is calling on the Biden administration to use sound science to direct the federal government’s pesticide safety decision-making, and to promote sound science with the U.S.’s international trading partners.