Introduction and Overview Chairman’s Comments
Modern agriculture is highly dependent upon the use of chemical and biological agents to produce the food and fiber needed to sustain human and animal life. Agricultural science has successfully produced many valuable products and has, for the large part, adopted appropriate measures to ensure their efficacy and safety. Indeed, it is essential that efficacy and safety be considered simultaneously. Since many agricultural products are by their very nature toxic, it is important that their use be restricted to situations where appropriate benefits accrue and where relative safety can be maintained. It is also important to recognize that nothing is completely safe; nor is it possible to achieve desired benefits without incurring some risks.