Mar 27, 2013

NRDC pesticide report on nanosilver & neonics flawed registration via @JBSass

NRDC reveals failed safeguards for pesticides - bad-actor pesticides, including nanosilver and the 'neonics', approved through 'conditional registration' loophole

Jennifer Sass, Ph.D.(NRDC): The public may think pesticides are only allowed onto store shelves and for use in agriculture if they have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a transparent and scientifically rigorous process.
Our investigations, however, reveal a deeply flawed system that has allowed the majority of pesticides onto the market without a public and transparent process, and in some cases without a full set of toxicity tests, using a loophole called a conditional registration. As many as 65% of more than 16,000 pesticides were first market-approved using this loophole, including nanosilver and the neonicotinoid pesticides that are linked to bee deaths.