Methyl Iodide – A Terrible Strawberry Pesticide from Arista LifeSciences Corporation
Do We REALLY Have to Choose Between Ozone Layer Depletion and Cancer? by VaLerie K
Love those strawberries that come from that world leader in health – California?
Then you need to know about this.
On September 25, 2009, the U.S. EPA publicly agreed to reopen its decision on methyl iodide, a highly toxic pesticide that has been used on strawberries, among other crops, in California (by far the leading producer of US-grown strawberries) for the past couple of years.
Before methyl iodide hit the scene in late 2007, the pesticide of choice was methyl bromide, but it needed to be phased out because of its proven ozone-depleting qualities. So what did Tokyo-based Arysta LifeScience Corporation provide to strawberry farmers instead? Methyl idodide, a chemical that, while it does not seem to harm the ozone layer, reliably causes cancer in lab experiments.
That’s right, researchers use methyl iodide to induce cancer in animals so they can study the disease.
Thanks to continued pressure from health and farmworker rights groups, the EPA is reassessing its prior decision to allow the use of methyl iodide in California. This decision is being made NOW, and you can have an impact. At the end of the article are links to action websites where you can add your voice or help fight this prime example of corporate greed over human lives.
Farmers And Environmentalists Fighting Off Toxic Pesticide From California Fields by Dolores M. Bernal, NEWS JUNKIE POST
Oct 6, 2009
Environmentalists and labor groups have joined forces to stop a new cancer-causing pesticide from being used in crops across California. The pesticide, commonly known as “MIDAS Soil Fumigant,” uses methyl iodide as its key ingredient. Methyl iodide is extremely great at killing bugs, but also at killing animals and humans — causing cancer and harm to the nervous system to those exposed to it for long periods of time: migrant farm workers and their families.