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Economic Implications of the Methyl Bromide Phaseout

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Economic Implications of the Methyl Bromide Phaseout. Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 756 (AIB-756). February 2000.

Contact: Craig Osteen, 202-694-5547.

Abstract

The pesticide methyl bromide is being phased out internationally under the Montreal Protocol. Methyl bromide has been used for over 50 years to control insect, nematodes, pathogens, and weeds. It is used for soil fumigation before planting many fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, and agricultural nurseries; for post-harvest fumigation of commodities in storage and prior to shipment; and for government-required quarantine treatment to prevent the spread of regulated exotic pests. Many U.S. users are concerned that existing alternatives to methyl bromide will be less effective and cause financial losses. To help mitigate the impacts of the phaseout, USDA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), universities, and private firms are working to develop new alternatives and make them available to methyl bromide users.

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