01.Pesticide reform scheme to be pulled
Dozens of pesticides used in agriculture will remain unassessed if the federal government puts a stop to a re-registration scheme planned to commence in July.
The previous government introduced the re-approval and re-registration scheme. It would have required systematic review of these agricultural and veterinary pesticides and chemicals to ensure they are safe according to the most recent regulatory and scientific standards.
However, the current government’s policy is to undo the reforms, despite the fact that some of these pesticides are no longer used in other developed nations, including the European Union and the United States. So far, it has introduced legislation to Parliament and referred it to a Senate Committee inquiry.
CHOICE made a submission to the consultation process around removing the re-registration scheme, arguing that the scheme is critical to ensure that harmful chemicals or pesticides are removed from use.
Pesticides play an important role in Australia’s food supply, but CHOICE believes it’s crucial that the risks they could pose to our health and the environment are assessed against today’s regulatory and scientific standards.
Not too late
CHOICE is calling on the federal government not to remove the re-approval and re-registration scheme.
Failure to thoroughly evaluate agricultural chemicals and pesticides ignores the potential health and the environmental risks these products pose, and also risks damaging consumers’ confidence in the food supply.
You can help by signing our petition to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.