The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will hold a series of statewide public workshops from May 28 - June 9 to hear ideas about how to address concerns about the use of pesticides around schools.
This week, Consumer Reports released a “Buy/Don’t Buy” report on fruits and vegetables intended to provide consumers with information on how to make the “best choices” for their health and the environment.
In response to the Environmental Working Group’s release of its annual Dirty Dozen list, the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) posed a “half dozen” inconvenient questions to highlight the lack of science and conflicting information inherent in the list. For the last 20 years the EWG has inaccurately disparaged many of the most popular fruits and vegetables through the issuance of this list.
Western Growers Executive Committee and Arizona Directors, led by Chairman Vic Smith, President and CEO of JV Smith Companies, and President and CEO Tom Nassif, were in Arizona this week for meetings at the Arizona State Capitol. The Western Growers delegation met with statewide officials and legislators regarding several issues facing our members.
On February 25, 2015, Western Growers is hosting a webinar to bring our members up to speed on the current fumigant regulatory issues facing growers. This presentation will focus on the challenges related to the use and restrictions of methyl bromide, chloropicrin, metam sodium and 1-3 D/telone.
Japan has specific labeling requirements for products -- including fresh produce commodities -- that have been treated with post-harvest fungicides. Japanese regulations require the name of the post-harvest fungicide to be identified at the point of sale (These regulations only apply to post-harvest treatment and not when a fungicide is applied prior to harvest). Reports have indicated that these requirements have had a negative impact on U.S. fresh produce sales in Japan.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an organization known for its critical positions of the produce industry, released a new food database yesterday that places organic and conventional produce at the top of its scale that promotes increased daily consumption. Rating over 80,000 foods on a scale of 1 to 10 -- with 1 being the best score -- organic and conventional fruits and vegetables received scores of 1 to 1.5, ranking them as one of the “best” foods for consumers. According to their own press release, only about 18% of the 80,000 foods being evaluated received the “best” ranking.
According to a press release issued by the EPA, a new active ingredient has been registered as an alternative to methyl bromide and other soil fumigants. Fluensulfone is a new class of chemistry to control nematodes and is being registered first for ground use on cucumbers, melons, squash, tomatoes, okra, eggplant and peppers (the Federal Register Notice is expected by September 19, 2014).