CropLife America Statement on TFSP Report on Systemic Pesticides

CropLife America Statement on TFSP Report on Systemic Pesticides

CLA Statement

“CropLife America (CLA) is currently reviewing the recent meta-analysis released by a Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (TFSP). At this point the TFSP has released only draft conclusions from the ‘Worldwide Integrated Assessment’ along with just one of six technical chapters. Without access to the complete analysis, it is impossible to judge the relevance and accuracy of the conclusions. Upon initial review, CLA believes that the report draws inaccurate connections between systemic pesticides and pollinator health, and we question the validity of this meta-analysis. A substantial body of sound, field-relevant scientific research concludes that systemic pesticides, specifically neonicotinoid insecticides, do not adversely affect the health of bee colonies when the pesticides are applied in the field according to label directions. In the U.S., these products are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the highest standards to help minimize any potential risks to beneficial species, including pollinators.

“Ensuring pollinator health is vitally important, and any population fluctuations result from the complex interplay of multiple factors. A June 20 memorandum from President Barack Obama noted that scientists believe multiple factors influence pollinator health, including poor nutrition, lack of forage, parasitic mites, diseases and lack of genetic diversity.

“Neonicotinoid insecticides provide numerous agricultural benefits to growers in the U.S. and abroad. These products effectively control insect pests during a plant’s most vulnerable stages of development and continue to protect the plant as it matures. Applying neonicotinoids as a seed treatment is one of the most precise and environmentally responsible methods of crop protection, allowing growers to significantly minimize any potential worker and environmental exposure. Studies that inaccurately target neonicotinoids as the sole contributor to pollinator decline, and that call for further regulatory restriction on these products do little to advance solutions for improving pollinator health and threaten to reduce agricultural production.”

Dr. Barbara Glenn, senior vice president, science & regulatory affairs

Michael Leary