Last spring we won a tremendous victory in keeping the cancer-causing fumigant methyl iodide out of California’s strawberry fields. As a direct result, that chemical has now been pulled from the entire U.S. market and we are all a little safer.
Now, instead of investing fully in moving towards safe strawberry fields, decisionmakers have caved to industry pressure by petitioning to create more exemptions (i.e., loopholes) allowing the use of methyl iodide’s banned predecessor, methyl bromide. These exemptions are unnecessary and undermine the progress our state has just begun to make in transitioning off of fumigant pesticides.
Hold officials accountable to the promise of safe strawberry fields in California. Join us in urging California EPA head Matt Rodriguez to affirm his commitment to end fumigant pesticide use by 2020 in California, and to create a plan that supports farmers to do so.