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Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Prior Informed Consent

CropLife America supports the intent of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent, international treaties which have not yet been ratified by the United States. The crop protection industry supports prompt enactment of legislation to ratify these international conventions, so that the U.S. can fully participate in the proceedings, decisions or outcomes of these treaties.

Background

Conventions on Persistent Pollutants & Hazardous Pesticides

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, in effect since 2004, identifies certain chemicals that have been shown to persist in the environment for long periods, to bioaccumulate in living organisms, to harm humans or the environment, and to move long distances in the environment. The Stockholm Convention established global prohibitions on production, use and distribution of such persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including some pesticides that are already banned in the United States.

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CropLife America's Position

  • CropLife America supports the intent of the POPs Protocol, the Stockholm Convention and the Rotterdam Convention to protect humans and the environment from the ill effects of persistent organic pollutants.
  • Countries should have the right to make informed decisions about the risks and benefits of products imported to protect their crops and public health.
  • Legislation to amend FIFRA and TSCA to implement these Conventions should preserve American sovereignty in regulating pesticides manufactured and used within our borders and protect export markets for American produce and farm commodities. Prompt enactment of such legislation is essential to enable full participation by the United States as a party to international Conventions governing persistent organic pollutants.
     
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