|Author: ||O. Norman Nesheim|
Several current U.S. pesticide issues are adversely affecting the availability of effective, registered pesticides to control pests on tropical fruits including mango.
The reregistration of pesticides is causing pesticide registrants to direct much of their resources into maintaining uses that have sufficient profitability to support the costs of reregistration.
A result is the loss of registrations on "minor crops", such as tropical fruits including mango.
Public and political debate on pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables has resulted in several proposed pieces of legislation to further regulate the domestic use of pesticides.
The proposed "Circle of Poison" legislation is an attempt to deal with a perceived problem of pesticide residues resulting from use of pesticides not registered for use in the U.S. on imported fruits and vegetables.
These and other issues have implications for international trade and the availability of effective, registered pesticides in the United States.
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