Summer’s here, and it’s been 6 months since cancer-causing methyl iodide was approved for use in California agriculture. It’s only been in the past few weeks, however, that two farms in Fresno County actually used methyl iodide in their fields.
It’s time to reverse the methyl iodide decision, before any more of this extraordinarily dangerous chemical is used. We’re asking Californians to call the governor’s office this week. Thanks, and let us know how it went!
Talking points for your call:
I am calling about the pesticide methyl iodide, called “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth” by a California scientist that reviewed the chemical.
Last March, you agreed to reopen the 11th-hour Schwarzenegger approval of the pesticide methyl iodide, but you haven’t yet stopped its use while you reconsider. Meanwhile, 2 farms have used methyl iodide, and soil fumigation season is fast approaching.
California scientists have determined that there is no safe way to use this chemical in agriculture while protecting public health.
I urge you to act now to stop the use of methyl iodide in California, and appoint a strong Director as the new head of the Department of Pesticide Regulation who will allow science to guide the policy decision on this dangerous chemical and other pesticide issues in California.