Pesticides and Food Safety

John F. McCarthy


The presence of legal pesticide residues in food has created considerable public discussion during the last two years. This has led to legislative initiatives, private testing and the call for "alternative" production techniques which reduce or eliminate agricultural chemical use. Should the consumer be worried? Or -- is it much to do about nothing? Is the status quo sufficient? NACA is sensitive to the consumer concerns. While we are convinced, along with government officials and most scientists, that pesticides aren't threatening the safety of our food, improvements in the regulatory system are necessary to restore public confidence. The system is far from broken, but some fixing is called for.

Reprinted from Proceedings: 1989 Beltwide Cotton Production Conference pp. 10 - 12
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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