Pesticides are only one of several methods California Almond growers use to maintain the health of the almond plant, the wholesomeness of the food, and in the case of almonds, they even help to ensure food safety. These compounds help to control weeds, plant pathogens and insects, and are used by all growers, including organic almond growers, who use pesticides that meet the organic definition.
At the federal level, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Office of Pesticide Programs has the responsibility for assessing the risks and benefits from the use of a pesticide, and determining under what conditions a pesticide may be used. In California, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) also reviews the risks from pesticides for California conditions.
The almond industry is a leader in the adoption of integrated pest management for use of almond crop protection materials, based on funding research on the safe and effective use of pesticides for over 40 years.
The University of California’s IPM website is a good source of information on pest management in almonds.