EPA denies tomato growers' request to import new biocontrol agent

An Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) committee has denied the tomato industry’s request to introduce a new biocontrol agent to control the greenhouse whitefly – it’s most common pest – in New Zealand’s greenhouses.

In a just released decision, the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms decision-making committee said the benefits to human health and the economy did not outweigh risks to the environment.

In November, TomatoesNZ made an application to the EPA seeking to import and release Macrolophus pygmaeus, a general predatory bug.


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