Overview of OPMP’s history, structure, and statutory role as partner with EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs.
Brief overview of EPA’s highly protective standards for human health risk assessment, emphasizing the ‘no effects’ endpoint as the basis for setting residue tolerances on foods.
Discussion of OPMP’s support of EPA’s regulatory process: via public comments, pesticide usage data, stakeholder outreach, and information exchange on pesticide benefits and the impacts of regulatory proposals.
Fighting the “Fear our Food” Movement—a new emphasis of Secretary Sonny Perdue.
Discussion of the Science communications challenges around the safety of food and the need for an inclusive “all of the above” crop protection toolbox for global food production (both conventional and organic)
Sources of Misinformation and Disinformation
Understanding the public’s fear of chemicals and discussing how stakeholders can better engage with consumers about the safety of the U.S. food supply
Segue into the importance of EPA’s safety assessments with regard to global MRL’s and agricultural trade