CCOF Comments on Statewide Plant Pest Environmental Impact Report

On October 31, CCOF submitted a public comment to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) regarding its draft Statewide Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program (the Statewide Program) Environmental Impact Report (PEIR).

CDFA implements the Statewide Program to prevent the introduction and spread of injurious insect pests, plant diseases, and noxious weeds in California. For the Statewide Program, CDFA uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach, which is the coordinated use of information about pest biology, the host environments, and available control methods to manage pests. Once certified, the draft PEIR will serve as an overarching framework for Statewide Program compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

CCOF submitted a comment emphasizing the need to more fully assess potential impacts on certified organic farms and to further consider organic pest management options.

For more information on the draft PEIR or for questions about CCOF’s comments, please contact our policy department at policy@ccof.org.

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