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Agriculture, like all global activities, can no longer be considered on a national basis. As a significant factor in pest control and animal protection, formulation technology must also be considered on a global basis. It is no longer cost effective to develop formulations which cannot cross borders. Environmental and toxicity testing costs for new formulation components and old products about which there is concern may exceed the cost of testing for some active ingredients. These factors will ultimately reduce the number of formulation components available to the formulator. Efforts are under way on a global scale to harmonize regulatory schemes. This international harmonization will bring a further reduction in the number of materials available to the formulator. These developments will significantly increase our data base on the environmental and mammalian safety of the products with which we work.
Inerts, Environmental Protection Agency, International Registration, Formulation
President, LANDIS ASSOCIATES, INC., Valdosta, Georgia