Regulating Pesticides: FIFRA

In the early 1900s, the United States officially began regulating the use of pesticides and other chemicals on crops in the US. They did this through what was named then the Insecticide Act of 1910 and has become known in later years as the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This legislation came about with the hope of protecting the health of consumers as well as protecting the environment. A revision came about in the wake of World War II as many new chemicals were developed during this time. More of these chemicals were being used to kill pests on crops, chemicals that were not yet covered in these regulations. Prior to the 1970s, Congress was in charge of the act and the rules and regulations that were a part of it, but in 1972 they transferred control of this legislation to the US Environmental Protection Agency. This legislation established four key things in hopes of improving the health of consumers and the environment. FIrst it requires the registration with the EPA of any pesticide being used. This is to document the amounts and the effects of every chemical used on crops. Second, the EPA has whitelisted the list of usable pesticides. This means that they have selected only those that they believe to be the safest and farmers are only allowed to use chemicals from their list. Thirdly, the EPA created a new application process in order for a pesticide to be added to their list. This ensures that chemicals and their effects are thoroughly tested before they are used on consumer products. Finally, the regulation allows for the EPA to monitor and control not only which pesticides can be used but how they are used. It is important that this is done from a central authority so that no one farm is causing more harm to their product or the environment than another. I think that it is definitely good for chemicals to be regulated as adding too many pesticides in our food production can have terrible health impacts and these chemicals can also taint water supplies. We need people who know what they are doing to make sure that the food we eat is safe. Farmers who do not adhere to the regulations set forth by FIFRA are responsible for any harm caused by their crop. FIFRA is an important piece of legislation that is keeping consumers and the environment safe.





6 thoughts on “Regulating Pesticides: FIFRA

  1. I completely agree with you on how important this for us to put forth. Not only is it good for humans as we our selves wouldn’t be ingesting any hormones or chemicals but also the insects that help to provide those foods will live happier healthier lives. The thing they need to get started on now is the full banning of neonicotinoides because even those these are new they are very harmful and it would show to others even if your product works if it is not healthy it has to go. Leading way for much cleaner forms of fertilizers and pesticides.


  2. When there’s a high demand of a product, some would do any and everything possible to gain as much wealth as possible off of it, even if the quality is tarnished. Regulations like these would ensure that people are kept in line and they produce quality produce.


  3. Pesticides are terrible for our health and the environment. Our agricultural sector should work more diligently to protect these things and regulate harmful substance that is used. There are alternatives that should be used and the agricultural system needs reform. The EPA is doing a good job in banning these toxins but still requires support and more focus from the federal government.


  4. With something that needs to be mass produced it is important to check and test to make sure there are no negatives. With the mass produced amount of food the lack of regulation on some chemicals could cause problems for society. Holding people to standards is a good thing when it comes to the health of our food.


  5. I also agree with the other comments. Pesticides aren’t just harmful to our health but also to the environment. By agreeing to the use of pesticides, we are threatening biodiversity, weakening natural systems, as well as sacrificing the nutritional value in our food. The quality of our food and environmental impacts should not be looked passed because there is a high demand in food production. There are plenty of safe and more reliable methods that will do the same job without jeopardizing other factors.


  6. I think it is a great idea to increase quality of food and less chemicals will pollute our environment less. This will bring truely organic food.


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