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Congress Should Reject Pesticide-Laden Farm Bill

June 22, 2018

U.S. PIRG,

Kara Cook-Schultz,

June 21, 2018-

This afternoon, a Farm Bill (H.R. 2) loaded with anti-health provisions is back for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House previously rejected H.R. 2 by a vote of 198 to 213. Today, Congress again considers a dirty Farm Bill that would undermine protections for clean water, sustainable farming, and our health.  More specifically, H.R. 2  would:

  • Exempt pesticide pollution from the Clean Water Act, even though pesticides have contributed to more than 1,800 instances of water pollution across the country.
  • Eliminate the Conservation Stewardship Program, the nation’s largest conservation program by acreage, a program that promotes sustainable farming and good soil health.
  • Pre-empt state and local laws aimed at health and environmental impacts of factory farms.
  • Eliminate public input and sustainable impact considerations for a wide range of activities on public lands.

The bill would allow large agro-chemical companies to dump toxic pesticides and chemicals into our rivers, lakes and drinking water. It would have also undermined efforts by farmers who want to produce healthier food with fewer chemicals.

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