With California Glyphosate Verdict, Full-Blown Chemical Warfare Has Started

God, I sometimes hate being right. Frequent readers of this column might remember that not too many months back I predicted that, since things seemed to be going pretty good for crop protection products in terms of sales, market opponents would begin redoubling their efforts to “take down” this segment in any way possible. “A new round of chemical warfare is coming,” I said.

And now it’s arrived, full force. First up in early August the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gave the EPA 60 days to revoke all food tolerances and cancel all registrations for the insecticide chlorpyrifos (marketed by Dow [now Corteva] under the trade name Lorsban). The court ruled that former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had violated the Fed­eral Insecticide, Fungicide, and Ro­denticide Act (FIFRA) by declining to revoke chlorpyrifos tolerances in March 2017.

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