Alliance outlines organic safety standards

01/22/2014 11:48:00 AM
Tom Karst

The Alliance for Food and Farming has an online resource that explains standards and regulations for pesticides on fruits and vegetables.

The need for information on organic standards became clear when increasing numbers of consumers had questions about pesticide residues on organic produce, Marilyn Dolan, executive director of the Watsonville, Calif.-based alliance, said in a news release.

“While there is a great amount of information easily found on regulations governing the use of conventional pesticides, a person must go to multiple sources to find similar information on organic pesticides,” Matt McInerney, executive vice president of Irvine, Calif.-based Western Growers and chairman of the alliance, said in the release.

“Now you can visit safefruitsandveggies.com and find all the concise information in one place,” McInerney said in the release. “We believe that this resource clearly illustrates that both organic and conventional pesticides are heavily regulated and those regulations are protective of both consumer health and the environment.”

The website includes information on the process for approval of organic pesticides and the enforcement and safety measures in place to protect consumers.

The website also includes a section on conventional pesticides, and a question-and-answer feature with California Department of Pesticide Regulation Director Brian Leahy, according to the release. Content on the Web page was written by Lea Brooks, former assistant director of communications for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, according to the release.



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