Pesticides

  • With advancements in crop genetics, including biotechnology, and more precision agriculture with the use of GPS and self guides application equipment, pesticide use has actually decreased. *USF&RA
  • Pesticide volume peaked in 1999, with 956 million pounds used compared to 2007 when only 877 million pounds were used. *USF&RA
  • The Environmental Protection Agency conducts vigorous assessments of each pesticide product prior to it being registered for use. EPA evaluates the potential for “Harm to humans, wildlife, fish, and plants, including endangered species and non-target organisms, and contamination of surface water or ground water from leaching, runoff, and spray drift.” *US EPA, “About Pesticide Registration.” https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/about-pesticide-registration
  • There is no clear indication that pesticides or neonictinoids specifically are the cause of pollinator decline in Maryland. Decline is due to multiple stress factors including forage and nutrition, habitat loss, Varroa mites and other pests, disease, weather, hive mismanagement, and pesticide misuse. *MD Department of Legislative Services “Pollinator Health and the Use of Neonicotinoids in Maryland.”