While U.S. regulators certainly have their hands full when it comes to passing judgments on a wide array of consumer products, a recent study suggests that regulations governing pesticides are too lax.
Nathan Donley, the study’s lead author from the Center for Biological Diversity, points out that many pesticides that are banned in Europe and other parts of the world are still completely legal in the U.S. Even worse, he says that many of the pesticides that have been removed from the market have resulted from companies taking voluntary action to do so.
"The USA is generally regarded as being highly regulated and having protective pesticide safeguards in place. This study contradicts that narrative and finds that in fact, in the last couple of decades, nearly all pesticide cancellations in the USA have been done voluntarily by the pesticide industry,” Donley said.
“Without a change in the US Environmental Protection Agency's current reliance on voluntary mechanisms for cancellations, the USA will likely continue to lag behind its peers in banning harmful pesticides."