California Work Group Tasked with Finding Chlorpyrifos Alternatives

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation and California Department of Food and Agriculture has announced the members of a cross-sector working group created to identify, evaluate, and recommend safer, sustainable pest management solutions that can replace the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The group includes leaders and experts from a wide cross section of interests—including agriculture, California universities, environmental justice groups, farmworker health and safety organizations, and pesticide manufacturers, among others. The group will begin work in August 2019 and conclude in the spring of 2020. It is tasked with developing short-term, practical solutions to transition to safer more sustainable pest-management solutions and with developing a five-year action plan to identify and develop safer, more sustainable pest management tools, practices, and alternatives.