Amid arguments about the troubled citrus industry and the health of farmworkers, a chemical company is challenging a state decision to block aldicarb, a pesticide that could help fight citrus greening disease.
AgLogic Chemical, LLC filed an administrative challenge on May 11, about three weeks after the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) denied an application to use aldicarb on citrus crops.
Major players in the citrus industry have backed using the pesticide as orange production has plummeted in recent years, in part because of citrus greening disease. But farmworker and environmental groups have fought the use of aldicarb, contending it poses threats to workers and wildlife.
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