Strawberry Fields Forever

Remember the Beatles song, “Strawberry Fields Forever?” Well, the agriculture peeps are about to change all that in California.

How so? By spraying the dangerous pesticide methyl iodide, slated to be used on strawberry fields in California.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) proposed earlier this year to allow methyl iodide, a carcinogenic chemical, to be used on California strawberry fields.

From the DPR website:

“Methyl iodide, also called iodomethane, is licensed for use in 47 other states. Injected into soil before crops are planted, the fumigant spreads through the soil to kill insects, weed seeds, plant diseases and nematodes. It can be applied by drip irrigation under a special protective tarp or injected into the soil using a tractor that automatically places a tarp over the ground after application. Methyl iodide products are made by Arysta LifeScience Corp. and sold under the brand name, Midas.”

Before methyl iodide, we had methyl bromide (determined to cause damage to ozone in the upper atmosphere). At the present time, the major uses of methyl bromide in California is to treat soil where strawberries, nursery plants and nut trees are to be planted.

A panel of Nobel scientists called methyl iodide “one of the most toxic chemicals used in manufacturing,” yet the state is considering allowing it to be sprayed and injected into the soil.

Lab tests involving rats and rabbits show methyl iodide can cause thyroid cancer and miscarriages. In addition, scientists say methyl iodide is also a neurotoxin according to California Watch.

Do we need more evidence that we shouldn’t be spraying this toxic chemical on fruits and vegetables we bring into the home and serve to our family?

Sign up with the Food & Water Watch to stop the spraying of dangerous pesticide.

STOP methyl iodide in its tracks and save the strawberry fields forever.

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