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Sensible Pesticide Policies Needed for Invasive Pests

California’s agricultural sector, vital to the nation’s food supply, is under siege from invasive pests and diseases that threaten crops, ecosystems, and biodiversity. Effective pest management is essential, as pests like the varroa destructor mites and Mediterranean fruit flies cause billions in annual losses. While pesticides are crucial in combating these threats, the lengthy and costly approval process hinders timely responses. Balancing traditional and new pest control methods, guided by scientific evidence, is key to maintaining agricultural resilience, food security, and environmental health.

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In Case You Missed It: With CalEPA’s Pesticide Plan, Aspirations Collide With Budget Constraints and Government Inertia

Agri-PulseBrad HookerFebruary 1, 2023 CalEPA’s Department of Pesticide Regulation has unveiled new goals for eliminating or significantly reducing the use of controversial pesticides by 2050. Agricultural groups have been closely watching the years-long process unfold and remain skeptical. … “We got to a place that we can work with,” California Citrus Mutual CEO and President

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