EPA Broadens Pesticide Efficacy Reviews, Despite Industry Criticism

January 23, 2015

From: Inside EPA’s Risk Policy Report

EPA is broadening its consideration of whether neonicotinoid-treated seeds improve crop yields to include an analysis of whether the pesticide products improve corn crop yields, though industry officials are arguing that pesticide product efficacy reviews are beyond the scope of the agency’s usual practice and are unnecessary.


Now EPA appears to be moving forward with a second efficacy study, announcing in a Dec. 12 meeting with environmentalists that the agency intends to review whether neonicotinoid-treated seeds improve yields in corn production, according to two sources who attended the meeting.

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