Environmentalist groups sue California over pesticide-treated seeds “loophole”

On February 22, 2023, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmentalist and public health groups filed a petition against the California Department of Pesticide Regulation over a “loophole” that allows seeds to be treated with pesticides without traditional pesticide regulation. The move comes after the Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition from the Center for Food Safety to eliminate an exemption for treated seeds in federal pesticide regulations.

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