Strawberry Pesticide Triggers Historic CA Protest

Tuesday marked an historic moment in California history. More Californians weighed in than ever before on a Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) public comment period. And the majority of the 50,000+ comments were in protest of the proposed registration of methyl iodide for use in California’s strawberry fields. Public comments spoke specifically to the need for scientific integrity, an end to prioritizing corporate profit over public health, and a healthy and safe food system for all. Pesticide Action Network presented 50,000+ signatures en masse to the Governor’s office on June 17, 2010 together with partners from CREDO and Californians for Pesticide Reform. This week, our coalition also submitted scientific and technical comments on the state’s proposal and partnered with communities adjacent to where the chemical will be used, who in turn submitted their own statements of outrage and deep concern. Newspapers from the LA Times to the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Ventura County Star are following the issue closely. Mary-Ann Warmerdam, director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, has promised responses to each substantive comment, and will make a decision in the coming months. 

 

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