Attack of the Killer Weeds

Pesticide Hypocrisy on Capitol Hill

December 14, 1999

Attack of the Killer Weeds: Kids' Foods

Section 18 and Kids' Foods

Section 18 has been used as a loophole to spray poorly-tested and potentially dangerous pesticides on millions of acres of crops, including foods heavily consumed by children. Some of the worst examples of kids foods affected by Section 18 are listed in the table below.

Food Total Number of Section 18 Exemptions, 1993-present States with the most Section 18 exemptions, 1993-present Chemicals given the most exemptions since 1996
Potatoes 383 Minnesota (20), North Dakota (19), Idaho(18), Nebraska(18), Wisconsin (18) Propamocarb Hydro (71), Dimethomorph (54), Cymoxanil (53), Chlorine Dioxide (34), Azoxystrobin (7)
Peas 95 Washington(23), Idaho(18), Oregon(16) Paraquat(23), Bentazon(6), Glyphosate(6), Acifluorfen(3), Fosetyl-al(3)
Strawberries 70 California(13), Washington(12), Oregon(10) Oxyfluorfen(15), Azoxystrobin(12), Myclobutanil(8), Cyprodinil(4), Fludioxonil(4)
Rice 64 Louisiana(19), Texas(12), Arkansas(10) Azoxystrobin(13), Maleic Hydrazide(9), Clomazone(5), Lambda-cyhalothrin(4), 2,4-d(3)
Apples 63 Michigan(11), Washington(9), Oregon(7) Tebufenozide(25), Oxytetracycline(11), Oxytetracyline(1)
Pears 22 Washington(5), California(3), Oregon(3), Pennsylvania(3) Pyriproxyfen(2)
Citrus Fruit 20 Florida(12), California(7), Texas(1) Imidacloprid(9), Buprofezin(3), Pyriproxyfen(2), Bifenthrin(1), Fenbuconazole(1)

Source: Environmental Working Group. Compiled from U.S. EPA data.

For more information on pesticides in your food, go to EWG's Food News website.