ASA Welcomes EPA Chlorpyrifos Decision

The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news yesterday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency would deny a petition to remove the crop protection tool chlorpyrifos from the market. ASA President and Roseville, Ill., soybean farmer Ron Moore issued a statement highlighting the science-based nature of EPA’s action and calling on EPA to continue on such a path when reviewing future traits.

“Soybean farmers have long maintained that to have a functioning regulatory system, such decisions have to be based on science, and can’t be based only on perception. Today’s steps taken by EPA are positive ones in the long term effort toward a more science based system. The denial of the activist petition on chlorpyrifos came on the heels of statements from academia, farmers and consumers alike, all bearing out the safety of this product when used correctly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s label. Clearly there is a valuable and necessary role for EPA and other federal regulators in ensuring that products in the marketplace are safe, and it’s important that all parties recognize moving forward that those decisions must be made only on concrete scientific data.”