Public Health and Safety

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Pesticides are designed to effectively control insects that can spread diseases and destroy crops. They are also designed to be used with precision and care, so that no other organisms are negatively affected by them. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews and analyzes myriad laboratory tests to establish environmental and human health safety on each and every pesticide ingredient that is registered for use.

Crop protection plays an important role in protecting our communities and ensuring a healthier future generation. The pesticide industry is one of the most heavily-regulated industries in the U.S. From initial discovery of an active ingredient to the proper disposal of a pesticide container, the industry and regulatory agencies oversee the complete life cycle of every product on the market. CLA and its members support sound regulation and oversight as a key part of their ongoing commitment to developing and marketing safe and effective products.

Environmental Health / Sustainability

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Today’s agricultural tools, including pesticides, enable growers to conserve and protect our water, air and soil. As more advanced pesticides have been introduced, farmers have adopted conservation practices such as reduced tillage and no-till, which reduce soil erosion, decrease water use and minimize agriculture’s carbon footprint. Growers are also using fewer acres of the land that is needed as habitats for threatened and endangered species. CLA and its members encourage modern agricultural practices, tools and regulations that increase biodiversity and protect wildlife.

Human Health / Nutrition

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Health organizations, scientists and doctors advise consumers to eat a balanced diet with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy a healthy and long life. In fact, a recent study found that eating up to seven servings of fruits, vegetables and cereals a day can reduce the risk of premature death by 42 percent. CLA is the voice of an industry that helps farmers grow the crops that keep shelves stocked with a wide assortment of nutritious food and produce while reducing the strain on our natural resources. Through legislative and regulatory advocacy, legal support and communications outreach, CLA ensures common-sense policies and regulations are put in place that enhance the U.S. agricultural system.