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普鲁伊特和农药威胁

伊巴丹,尼日利亚—联合国的新报告对于合成农药的立场引起了争议。传统智慧认为,合成农药对于养活不断增长的世界人口至关重要。到2050年,地球上将有九十亿人。但该报告的作者认为,依靠合成农药“只是短期的方案,它有害于当代人和子孙后代获得足够的食物和健康的权利。”他们是对的。

我是一位尼日利亚科学家,工作的重心是收获后(post-harvest)损失控制。对于合成农药的使用得不到合适监管的后果,我拥有第一手的经验。但世界上很多国家仍然遵循着传统智慧,给公共卫生造成非常严重的后果。

美国马上就要进一步扩大已经非常广泛的农药使用了。上个月,前俄克拉荷马州检察长斯科特·普鲁伊特(Scott Pruitt)被确认为环境保护署(EPA)主任。在俄州检察长任上,普鲁伊特曾经多次起诉EPA,现在,他准备削减EPA的预算,撤销多项监管措施,包括对确保食品安全至关重要的农药监管措施。

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