Jun 29 2010

UPDATE: No More "methyl iodide in your strawberries" – We Won!

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UPDATE: Join us & share the victory!

Strawberries just got safer! The cancer-causing strawberry pesticide methyl iodide is being pulled from the national market, and you made it happen.

Join PAN to build on this momentum, and to spark a transition off all fumigant pesticides like methyl iodide.

Two more things you can do today:

» Join us on Facebook for an online victory celebration.
» Tell 5 friends about this victory, and ask them to work with PAN to support farmers in a transition off all fumigant pesticides.

Kathryn Gilje, Executive Director

This is the latest OLD news from FOOD AND WATER WATCH

Strawberries usually mean sweetness and summer, but unless we speak up, strawberry production in California could become better known for causing cancer, birth defects and miscarriages. California is considering allowing the use of a highly toxic chemical on strawberry fields. This affects all of us, since 90% of U.S. strawberries are grown in California.

A panel of Nobel laureates and expert scientists called methyl iodide “one of the most toxic chemicals used in manufacturing,” yet the State of California is considering allowing it to be sprayed and injected into the soil. California’s own report found that if methyl iodide is used, “control of human exposure would be difficult if not impossible” and would result in “significant adverse impacts on public health,” including cancer, miscarriages, and brain damage to fetuses and children.

It’s important that we take action to stop the approval of this dangerous chemical. The outcome of California’s decision may prompt an Environmental Protection Agency review of methyl iodide nationally.

It’s time to put our health and our children’s health before the profits of the pesticide industry. They should be finding safer, healthier ways to produce strawberries — not allowing more toxins into our bodies and our environment.

Sign the petition against the use of methyl iodide on our strawberries:

Thanks for taking action,
Sarah Alexander
Outreach Director
Food and Water Watch
is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.

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