Strawberries are about to get more toxic
And in Sacramento, a pesticide so cancer-causing that it's often used specifically to create cancer in rats for medical experiments was just approved for use on the state's strawberry crop.
The state's own Department of Pesticide Regulation had advised in a report against approving the gas, methyl iodide.
And 50 Nobel prize winners asked the U.S. EPA not to approve it. (It did.)
According to farmers, there are a number of alternatives to the stuff, including solarization, anaerobic soil disinfestation and natural pesticides. And it's especially important to use safe materials only in strawberries, which hold the chemicals they're treated with.
(More background in this TGL post.)
Lobbying for methyl iodide, we have a single company, the largest pesticide manufacturer in the world, Arysta LifeScience. The Strawberry Growers Commission — the people who employ the people who'd be breathing the stuff in — had weakly declined to take a position.
The state is accepting public comment through June 14. Let them know that people trump profits.
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When you have illegal immigrants work crops; growers can poison them without consequences to agri-business. In WI 40% of Agri business dairy is Mexican.
This change in dairy workers is supported by WI state dept. of workforce development tax dollars given to Mil UMOS to "train" Mexican farm workers (meaning, buy homes, teach English, provide child care). These workers make it possible to replace family farms with huge toxic agri business feedlots and veal production facilities.
Do not support illegal amnesty programs in kneejerk reaction or fear of being called racist. Only citizens can change the conditions under which they work. Illegal immigration benefits only corporations while it destroys every other decent thing legal citizens have organized and fought to gain.