WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Our industry is committed to promoting the health of our nation's pollinators, and we recognize the important role we play in maintaining healthy ecosystems.
Recent decisions to remove neonicotinoids from consumer products and retail locations do not reflect the rigorous review process of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA uses the best available science before approving a pesticide product for sale and use. Consumers can be assured that an EPA-approved product purchased at retail locations is safe for use when used according to label instructions.
A collaborative effort is needed to work toward our shared goal of promoting the long-term health of our nation's bees, and our decisions to provide positive support and outcomes for honey bees must rely on reliable data, scientific innovation and collaboration. We are actively involved in this effort in multiple ways on behalf of our industry, including the White House's National Pollinator strategy, the planting of bee forage, and consumer education efforts.
Neonicotinoids remain an important tool in the toolbox for consumers and professionals to responsibly and effectively manage harmful pests. As with all EPA-registered pesticide products, they can be used safely when used according to label instructions, protecting our trees and plants from damaging insects and our pets from fleas and ticks.
Located in Washington, D.C., RISE is the national association representing the manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with pesticide and fertilizer products used in turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatic and terrestrial vegetation and other non-food/fiber applications. Learn more about RISE at www.pestfacts.org.