Highly volatile and toxic pesticides are widely used in California agriculture at high application rates to control soil pests for a number of high-value crops. Use of these pesticides, however, presents substantial health risks to farm workers, bystanders and nearby residents, as well as significant ecological impacts.
To address challenges for regulating pesticide use in California, the Emmett Institute’s Timothy Malloy leads a research project in collaboration with researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.
The research team studies the practices of regulatory bodies in California responsible for ensuring the safety of pesticides. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation registers pesticide products and county agricultural commissioners permit individual pesticide use. In their studies, the researchers have identified a variety of deficits in California’s governance of pesticide use, including in the pesticide registration process, the regulation of interactive effects of widely-used pesticides, and the permitting of pesticide use. In their reports, the researchers make recommendations for improving safe use of pesticides in California.
Risk and Decision
Exposure and Interaction
Governance on the Ground