Keep science & strawberries safe from corporate influence

StrawberriesTogether, we’ve worked for over 5 years to stop the use of cancer-causing methyl iodide, called by scientists “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth.” Last week, that work paid off with two big breaks.

First, the agency head who ignored her own scientists to approve methyl iodide for use in California, Mary-Ann Warmerdam, resigned and went to work for Clorox. At least this revolving door is an exit.

Second, U.S. EPA is reconsidering its decision on methyl iodide - despite intense pressure from Arysta, the largest private pesticide company in the world, to keep it on the market. On March 17, the agency opened public comment on our legal petition to end all uses of this pesticide, nation-wide. The science is clear: this pesticide is too toxic to be used safely. But the pesticide industry will keep weighing in. We need your voice at the table. Now.

Sign this petition to U.S. EPA, urging Administrator Lisa Jackson to follow the science, and do the right thing.

Dear Administrator Jackson,

We urge you to follow the science on methyl iodide. We write in strong support of the petition to suspend and cancel all uses of methyl iodide (iodomethane) in the United States. Scientists across the country have studied and spoken: this chemical is too toxic to be used safely as a soil fumigant pesticide, and has no place in American agriculture.

Instead, we urge you to initiate a public process with USDA and President Obama to direct agricultural spending toward a green agricultural economy. Federal spending should support innovative farmers who grow food without reliance on toxic chemicals including synthetic fumigant pesticides, and scientists who document effective practices for fumigant-free farming. These farmers and researchers steward our natural resources and offer important engines for rural economic growth.
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