A growing number of farmers are refusing to grow cotton and soybeans in the wake of the ban on imported cotton and corn, as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to limit the use of synthetic pesticides in the U.S. food supply.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday it has raised concerns about the new restrictions and urged all countries to avoid importing products that could be contaminated with these deadly chemicals.
The agency said in a report that the ban could mean farmers are using less-effective and less-polluting pesticides and that farmers may not be able to afford to buy the more expensive pesticides used by other countries.
The ban will not have an immediate impact on farmers, but could lead to a drop in crop yields and the disruption of the food supply, said Alex Kudrich, director of the FAO’s climate and food division.
Farmers are going to be forced to stop growing, or to use other forms of fertilizers that are not available in the market.””
We have no idea how it will all pan out, but the impact is potentially very serious.
Farmers are going to be forced to stop growing, or to use other forms of fertilizers that are not available in the market.”
Agriculture groups have been pushing Trump to take action against the chemicals, but he has been unable to convince the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to reverse the ban.
The new restrictions are being challenged in court, with growers and farmers groups arguing that they are necessary to protect human health and the environment.
The EPA said the ban would be “cruel, unnecessary and likely to result in the unintended displacement of thousands of farmers who are trying to maintain their crops and maintain their livelihoods” and that it will likely result in fewer pesticide applications.