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US: Alliance for Food and Farming new pesticide pageThe Alliance for Food and Farming, a nonprofit group that represents fruit and vegetable growers, has announced the unveiling of a new section on its website. The new area gives advice to growers on the control of pests and diseases, with reference to food safety concerns and covers both conventional and organic methods. The new content can be accessed at www.safefruitsandveggies.com under the section titled "Ask the Experts."
"Who better to talk with consumers about how fruits and vegetables are grown than the farmers of these products themselves?" said Marilyn Dolan Executive Director of the Alliance for Food and Farming. "Farmers understand that consumers are concerned about the safety of the foods they eat and feed their children, especially when it comes to the issue of pesticide residues. Our website is devoted exclusively to the topic of pesticide residues and utilizes credible, science-based information consumers often don’t receive from other sources."
The new section includes interviews with growers, discussing the changes to pesticide usage, including regulation changes.
"Pesticide use statistics in California, where a significant percentage of the U.S.-produced fruits and vegetables are grown, show that the use of older, broad-based pesticides has declined 66 percent in the past ten years," said Dolan. "Today just 2 percent of all pesticides used in California are in this category of broad-based pesticides, while 39 percent of the pesticides used are registered for organic farming."
Dolan stated that there a shift to more environmentally conscious farming, visible in the fact that many conventional farmers are using the same substances as organic growers.
"What people don’t realize is that farmers and their families often live and work on their own farms, and they feed the foods they grow to their own children. This is strong motivation to use the safest farming practices possible," said Dolan.
Publication date: 4/3/2012
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