How regulators get it wrong

08/06/2014 5:08 PM

08/07/2014 11:23 AM

Re "Pesticides aren't just for farmers; they are part of safety systems we all use" (Viewpoints, Aug. 6): Brian R. Leahy, the director of California Department of Pesticide Regulation, asserts that pesticide manufacturers need to conduct more scientific studies "to determine if there is sufficient evidence for new restrictions on neonicotinoids."

How motivated is a manufacturer likely to be to find evidence that the use of its product should be restricted? Regulators should require that manufacturers demonstrate that a product is safe before it is used rather than allow the product to be used until someone can demonstrate that it is unsafe.

-- Dennis Bonge, Sacramento

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