Federal Insecticide , Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

The Federal Insecticide , Fungicide and Rodenticide Act was passed in 1947. This was later rewritten in 1972 and was amended by the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act, or the FEPCA. The Federal Insecticide , Fungicide and Rodenticide Act was amended several more times, and now mandates that the EPA must regulate the use and sale of pesticides to protect human health and to protect the environment. The Federal Insecticide , Fungicide and Rodenticide Act is an international piece of legislation, this is because imported products are subjected to the same testing and registration requirements as domestic products. All of this is enforced to ensure that the environment does not get harmed by the chemicals that we use. Prior to this law being put into act companies would use pesticides that's labels claimed to not hurt a crop. However, after the pesticide would be used the crop would be contaminated and not grow the correct way. This law has been somewhat successful, although it still is happening in some of the more recent years. In the Supreme Court case Bates v. Dow Agrosciences a Texas peanut farmer used a pesticide that the label said was safe to use on peanut farms. This was not the case and the peanuts growth was stunted, the label had no warning on it and violated the EPA requirements.


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