Title 2, Chapter 7, Section 91
The purpose of this article is to regulate, in the public interest,
the use and application of pesticides to control pests, as defined
in this article. Pesticides perform a valuable role by:
(1) Controlling insects, fungi, nematodes, rodents, and other
pests which ravage and destroy our supply of food and fiber, which
serve as vectors of disease, and which otherwise constitute a
nuisance in the environment or the home;
(2) Controlling weeds which compete in the production of food and
fiber and which otherwise are unwanted elements in our
(3) Regulating plant growth to enhance both the quantity and
quality of our supply of food and fiber and to facilitate its
New pesticides are continually being discovered, synthesized, or
developed which are valuable for the control of pests and for use as
defoliants, desiccants, plant regulators, and related purposes.
However, such pesticides may be ineffective, may cause injury to
man, or may cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment if
not properly used. Pesticides may injure man or animals, either by
direct poisoning or by gradual accumulation of pesticide residues in
the tissues. Crops or other plants may also be injured by the
improper use of pesticides. The drifting or washing of pesticides
into streams or lakes may cause appreciable damage to aquatic life.
A pesticide applied for the purpose of killing pests in a crop which
is not itself injured by the pesticide may drift and injure other
crops or nontarget organisms with which it comes in contact.
Therefore, it is deemed necessary to provide for regulation of the
use and application of such pesticides.