On April 23, Arlington, Va.-based Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) announced new public opinion research about specialty pesticide regulation during the association’s annual CropLife America/RISE/Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology 2021 Regulatory Conference.
According to a news release, the research “shows strong support for the current federal and state pesticide regulatory framework.” Key findings include:
- About 80 percent of consumers believe that pesticides play an important role in protecting their homes, health and communities.
- More than 60 percent have used pesticides in or around their home this year.
- About 78 percent of respondents trust the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to effectively regulate pesticide products.
“Pesticides are essential to maintaining our health and safety at home, in public spaces and buildings, and to protecting infrastructure and the environment,” RISE President Megan Provost said in the news release. “It’s encouraging to learn that with everyone’s focus on public health during the past year, people understand the important role pesticides play in keeping them safe and healthy.”
The study also found that consumers have substantial trust in the U.S. EPA’s ability to regulate pesticide products, along with a high degree of trust in the role of state-level product regulation. About 82 percent of respondents agreed that the current, rigorous scientific review and regulatory process ensures that pesticide products can safely and effectively protect public health, safety and property.
“The strong federal and state framework for scientific review and regulation of pesticide products gets strong support from people when they have some basic information about the process. This learning reinforces why it is so important for everyone in our industry to be ready to have those conversations,” Provost said.
The online study was conducted by Povaddo Research with 1,000 U.S. adults (21 years or older) from Jan. 25 to Jan. 30, 2021.