PSR-LA’s members and allies have advocated for years to prohibit the use of the cancer-causing strawberry pesticide methyl iodide, which state scientist reviewers have called, “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth”. This week, pesticide manufacturer Arysta LifeScience yielded to mounting pressure and pulled methyl iodide off the U.S. market.
Half of US grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables come from California fields, which all depend on the hard work of approximately 700,000 farmworkers. The state’s approach to pesticide use has critical implications for workers and their families, as well as the rest of nation that often relies on the example of policies adopted in California.
Methyl iodide is so dangerous that it is used to create cancer in laboratories and over 50 scientists across the country – 5 of them Nobel Laureates – sent a letter to the EPA expressing astonishment that the agency was “working to legalize broadcast releases of one of the more toxic chemicals used in manufacturing into the environment.”
Methyl Iodide would seriously threaten the health of farmworkers and rural communities, and could contaminate California’s groundwater. The agrochemical industry is pushing hard to use methyl iodide. Make sure your voice is heard!