Asian Citrus Psyllid Proposal Worries Organic Farmers

To combat pests like the Asian citrus psyllid, exotic fruit fly and glassy-winged sharpshooter that threaten the state's food supply, the California Department of Food and Agriculture is weighing a new plan that some organic farmers say doesn't do enough to prevent their crops from being ruined by pesticides.

The proposal would streamline the state's response to invasive insects by reducing paperwork and allowing the agency to quickly respond to an outbreak when it orders quarantines, sets traps or, more controversially, sprays pesticides.

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