Almond Alliance Submits Comments on Glyphosate to EPA

Sept. 11, 2019 – -The Almond Alliance submitted comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency on the proposed interim registration review decision on Glyphosate. We articulated the importance of weed control for almond growers, including reducing weed competition with young trees during a very important period of orchard establishment; keeping micro-irrigation systems clear of weeds to support the efficient and effective use of a precious resource; and, maintaining a clean orchard floor prior and during harvest to facilitate harvest and sustain food safety best practices. We expressed that the nature of glyphosate’s mode of action reduces or eliminates the need for multiple applications of other herbicides which would be required to maintain the same level of vegetation management. Almond growers know glyphosate is a safe, efficient, and cost-effective weed control — recent data from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation suggests that most almond growers incorporate glyphosate into their weed control regimen. If agriculture is expected to feed 10 billion people by 2050, we cannot be without the needed management tools including glyphosate. The Almond Alliance fully supports U.S. EPA and other expert regulators who have assessed the extensive body of science on glyphosate-based herbicides for more than 40 years, continuing to conclude that these products are safe when used as directed. If you would like a copy of the Almond Alliance comments, please contact Ashley Hollis at the Almond Alliance.