“Regulation” has become a word packed with a punch these days. In political debates, candidates either tout the need to increase regulations, or recommend doing away with or reducing the number of regulations. The lawmakers who sponsor some of these regulations often have a goal in mind: keep motorcyclists from winding up on life support, protect people in a crash, keep people’s food safe. The last goal may have been part of the driver behind the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), which regulated the amount of pesticide residue that could be left on food that would be consumed by the public. FQPA was passed in 1996 to lower the amount of pesticides that people would consume on their food. So, after 15 years, did it work? A group of researchers from Emory University in Georgia says yes.
Posted on February 14, 2012 by rhallberg