UCLA research: California’s Pesticide Regulators Are Supposed to Consider Safer Alternatives. Many Don’t.
In 2016, more than 190 million pounds of pesticides were applied to farm fields in California. And while the state has a system in place to protect farmworkers, children, and people living in agricultural communities—while keeping these chemicals out of the air and waterways—a new report authored by a team at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) argues that this system isn’t working as intended.
“Based on what we saw, I don’t think there’s a lack of interest in doing [evaluations],” says study co-author Timothy Malloy, a law professor at UCLA. Rather, he says, there is a lack of accountability.