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February 6, 2023

Statement of Western Growers on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Sustainable Pest Management Roadmap

IRVINE, CALIF. (Feb. 6, 2023) – With the release of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Sustainable Pest Management Roadmap designed to identify, prioritize and implement stringent pesticide reductions in California by 2050, Western Growers advocates for science-backed procedures to dictate how this plan is rolled out.

Matthew Allen, WG’s Vice President of State Government Affairs, said: “The California Department of Pesticide Regulation must move quickly to register effective and efficient alternatives prior to imposing new use restrictions on existing pesticides. The Department must continue to use the best available scientific data and methods in evaluating pesticides and they, frankly, have a duty to remind the public that California already has the most comprehensive regulatory system in place that protects the health and safety of applicators, bystanders and surrounding communities.”

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Ann Donahue

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About Western Growers:

Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Western Growers’ members and their workers provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including half of America’s fresh organic produce. Connect and learn more about Western Growers on Twitter and Facebook