Bull. Spec. CORESTA Congress, Harare 1994, p. 198, APTS 1

Impact of new legislation governing the use of crop protective agents on tobacco

Philip Morris USA, Richmond, VA, USA
Evolving regulations, trade agreements, and judicial decisions are having a dramatic impact on the availability, legal status, and use of crop protective agents required for tobacco production. Recently, new regulations on the registration and residue limits for agrochemicals used on tobacco have been implemented in all major tobacco growing countries. These regulations govern what can be used, and the safety considerations and limitations of use for these agents. Although we are a global industry comprised of diverse, competing business interests, we can make a unified commitment to comply with regulatory requirements within the framework of Good Agricultural Practices. As an industry under public scrutiny, demonstrated adherence to the basic principles of Good Agricultural Practices, on a world-wide basis, reinforces the credibility of the tobacco industry in all countries where we are negotiating with governments to establish advantageous, rather than punitive, regulations on the use of crop protective agents on tobacco. My presentation will focus on an analysis of new regulations, including regional and national trends, the general structure of these regulations, and the economic impact of these regulations. I will conclude with an analysis of the tobacco industry's response in the current world-wide regulatory environment and some comments on what the tobacco industry can expect in the future.