With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state’s discretion.
For decades, California strawberry growers like Rod Koda injected the potent pesticide methyl bromide into soil to kill bugs, weeds and plant diseases before planting strawberries.
The EPA now considers poor indoor air quality to be a top risk to public health.
Commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations have filed a lawsuit against federal regulators for not banning the use of two pesticides they say harms honeybees.
Arguments are expected Friday in a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has allowed the use of hundreds of pesticides despite evidence of harmful effects on more than 200 endangered and threatened species.
Whole Foods says all products in its North American stores will have labels disclosing if they contain genetically modified ingredients by 2018.