CROPLIFE AMERICA, AMERICAN SEED TRADE ASSN ISSUE COMMENTS ON NEONICOTINOID

CLA and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) submitted a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, challenging their preliminary report on the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for soybeans. <br />The report states that these treatments provide "limited to no benefit." The comments submitted to the EPA refuted this statement ...

CLA and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) submitted a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, challenging their preliminary report on the benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for soybeans. 

The report states that these treatments provide "limited to no benefit." The comments submitted to the EPA refuted this statement noting that this insecticide seed treatment is a valuable tool for soybean production. 

In summary: 

• Neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments have been available commercially for over 10 years; numerous data sets exist that show the value of the technology to soybean production; 

• Yield benefits are best assessed from replicated trials or through meta-analysis approaches; 

• While yield is an important factor for an economic benefits analysis, other factors are also important to consider including agronomic benefits, risk management needs, environmental benefits and disadvantages associated with alternatives; 

• The process used by EPA to date is inconsistent with law and basic principles of fairness; and 

• We feel the publication of this report has needlessly cast uncertainty over products with demonstrated benefits, which our comments and those of many others describe.

Source: www.aem.org