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EPA: Stop putting toxic methyl iodide on strawberries!

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From the Food Democracy Now press release

It’s springtime again and soon it will be summer and children across the country will be enjoying one of their favorite fruits — strawberries. Unfortunately, due to a poor decision last year by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, America’s children will continue to be exposed to the toxic pesticide methyl iodide. [1]

Known as “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth”, methyl iodide is a proven cancer causing agent as well as an endocrine disruptor and powerful neurotoxin. Allowing it to be sprayed on one of America’s favorite fruits will endanger our children who eat them, farm workers, and local residents in California.

Already banned in New York and Washington because of its toxic properties, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now reviewing the 2007 Bush era decision to approve methyl iodide for agricultural usage. The EPA is asking for comments from the American public in helping them make the decision on whether or not to ban this toxic chemical for agricultural use.

More than 50 scientists criticized the 2007 approval stating that the review process was hidden from the public and the focus of the research was too limited. There is little left to debate on the safety and necessity for this chemical use. [2]

Let the EPA hear your voices loud and clear: NO Methyl Iodide – now or ever!

Please take a moment to register your comments today. It’s easy. Here is suggested text but you are encouraged to use your own words to make it more impactful. Click on here to send your message to Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator.

Recently, Time magazine revealed 3 different studies that demonstrate that pregnant mothers exposed to agricultural pesticides give birth to children with lower IQ’s. [3]

It’s time to let the chemical pesticide industry and our government know that you no longer stand idly by as they continue to put corporate profits over the health and safety of your families, farm workers, and the American public. Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to ban the toxic methyl iodide from being used on our food and our fields.

Click here to add your voice to the public comment to make sure the EPA bans methyl iodide for agricultural usage.

To learn more about Food Democracy Now, please visit this grassroots organization.

Sources:
1. “The Terminator: Schwarzenegger’s Killer Pesticide“, The Atlantic Monthly, January 19, 2011.

2.”Letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 50 Top U.S. Scientists Asking EPA to Ban Methyl Iodide”, September 24, 2007.

3. “Exposure to pesticides in pregnancy can lower children’s IQ“, Time Magazine, April 21, 2010.

  1. Methyl iodide is never “sprayed on fruits” nor is it any risk to children (or others) who eat them. In fact, there has never been a detection of any soil fumigant in any fruit or produce. It is injected deep into the soil where crops will be planted many weeks before that happens, before any farm workers are in those fields. It is completely gone before planting. It treats soils infested with pests and infected with harmful pathogens, making them safe for crops. It helps prevent later applications of other treatments, keeping produce and fruit free of any residues. And it prevents avoidable skin cancer for millions around the world by protecting the ozone layer.

    The three most authoritative bodies in the world responsible for carcinogenicity evaluation have found it to be cancer causing.

  2. Correction: NONE of the three most world authoritative bodies resonsible for carcinogenicity evaluation have found it to cause cancer.

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