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Glyphosate Decision Disappoints Ag Groups

Josh McGillLegal, Pesticides

Several national agricultural organizations issued a statement expressing disappointment over the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent glyphosate decision not to hear the case Monsanto vs. Hardeman, which pertains to state glyphosate health warnings.

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The statement read: “We are disappointed the Supreme Court has decided not to hear this case, which has significant implications for our global food supply and science-based regulation. With the conflict in Ukraine threatening food security around the world and the persistent dangers posed by climate change, too much is on the line to allow the emergence of an unscientific patchwork of state pesticide labels that would threaten grower access to tools needed for productive, sustainable farming. We will be discussing the implications of the court’s announcement and will determine what reforms may be needed to ensure a patchwork of state labels does not jeopardize grower access to these vital tools or science-based pesticide regulation.”

Organizations issuing the statement included American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Cotton Council.

On May 23, the groups sent a letter signed by 54 agricultural groups to President Biden urging him to withdraw a solicitor general’s brief submitted to the Supreme Court advising against taking up the glyphosate decision case. In a disturbing departure from previous bipartisan administrative policy, the solicitor general’s brief argues federal pesticide registration and labeling requirements do not preclude states from imposing additional labeling requirements, even if those requirements run counter to federal findings.

In 2020, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher Ramdas Kanissery said glyphosate is the most popular herbicide in U.S. citrus groves but suggested alternatives to its use.

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation

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