CropLife America Honors Endangered Species Day on May 15

WASHINGTON, DC – In honor of Endangered Species Day, CropLife America (CLA) is pleased to recognize the commitment of America’s farmers, ranchers and the crop protection industry to preserve and protect vulnerable living species in and around farmland. Forty-two years after the passage of the federal Endangered Species Act, the industry continues to develop and responsibly use new pesticide technologies and biotechnology products, which can help:

  • Preserve wildlife habitat by providing tools that allow farmers to grow food more efficiently on less land, and
  • Protect endangered species by controlling invasive pests that attack them and deplete their food supply.

“The stability of biodiversity depends on the conservation of habitat, and crop protection products help farmers produce more on less land,” noted Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. “CropLife America applauds the crop protection industry for continued investment in and the development of pesticide and biotech products that growers can use in an environmentally friendly way to protect their crops and wildlife around them. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rigorous science-based regulation process ensures farmers have access to these invaluable tools.” 

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), first passed in 1947, requires that the EPA conduct a thorough, scientifically based risk assessment for the registration and reregistration of all pesticides, including examining potential effects, if any, on wildlife. Hundreds of tests and years of examination help ensure that newly registered products lead to an affordable, healthy and sustainable food supply while also being protective of people and the environment. In total, the discovery and development of a new crop protection product costs over $250 million.[1]

“EPA scientists have worked diligently, conducting countless assessments over the years for each new crop protection product,” added Vroom. “CropLife America encourages scientists, growers, government officials and other stakeholders to continue to work together to develop a clear and efficient regulatory framework for pesticide technologies that safeguards our vulnerable species. We need both food production and wildlife, and working smartly as today we can accomplish both.” For more information on the pesticide regulation process, visit www.CropLifeAmerica.org.  

 

 

[1] CropLife America, The Cost of New Agrochemical Product Discovery, Development & Registration and Research & Development predictions for the future. Study completed by Phillips McDougall in 2010.

Michael Leary