Submitted by Janet Eaton on Fri, 2013-11-22 14:13
Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:47 PM. By Jenny Hopkinson 11/21/13 12:46 PM EST
More than 40 percent of U.S. agricultural exports – not to mention the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations – could be at risk if the European Union moves forward with proposed changes to its pesticide rules, according to a report released today by CropLife America.
The EU is currently undergoing changes that, if finalized, could allow for almost no safe level of certain pesticides on products sold in the member countries.
Particularly problematic are possible limits on chemicals thought to have endocrine disrupting effects, which interfere with the hormone system, the U.S. pesticide group warns. The European Crop Protection Association has identified 37 substances that would be subject to regulation if the changes are finalized – many of which are approved by the EPA for use in the United States, CropLife notes.