Posted March 14, 2014
The National Agricultural Law Center offers a wide range of resources, one of which is the Pesticides Reading Room available here.
Pesticides, created to be toxic to specific organisms, have helped bring about the industrialization of agriculture. Pesticide use and its inherent toxicity require regulation to ensure the safety of the public, the food supply, and the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) primarily regulates pesticides and also works with state agencies.
Major statutes include the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. §§ 136-136y, and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) 21 U.S.C. §§ 301-392. FIFRA establishes the general system of federal pesticide regulation, while the FFDCA establishes a system to govern pesticides in food and feed.
The Pesticides Reading Room provides information on major statutes, relevant regulations, links to the case law index, administrative law decisions, Center research publications, relevant Congressional Research Service reports, and many other resources.
These resources are provided by the National Agricultural Law Center as a free service to the public.