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Impacts of the Azinphos-methyl Ban in the Apple Industry and Economy of Washington State

Andrew Cassey , Suzette Galinato , Justin Taylor ,
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In 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared that the pesticide azinphos-methyl (AZM) cannot be used in apple production after September 30, 2012. While it provides important pest control benefits to growers of apples and other crops, AZM also poses potential risks to farm workers, pesticide applicators, and aquatic ecosystems, according to the EPA website. In this fact sheet, we estimate the change to sales, price, and employment in the Washington State apple industry from using likely AZM alternatives had this ban been in effect in 2007, the first year of the pesticide’s phase-out schedule.

Department(s): Economic Development
Pages / Length: 2
Publication Date: 2010-10-01

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