Why Safe Strawberries?
Don’t let the pesticide industry override science. Pesticide methyl iodide causes cancer, late-term miscarriages, harms brain function and contaminates water. The country’s leading scientists have called it “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth.” Methyl iodide will be used primarily on strawberries, and will have tragic consequences for farmworkers and rural communities. Despite warnings from government scientists and Nobel laureates regarding its hazards, methyl iodide was approved for agricultural use in the final moments of both the Bush Administration nationally, and the Schwarzenegger administration in California.
These 11th hour decisions in California and nationally fly in the face of science and democracy, and reveal the extent of industry influence on government. With our government representatives unable to make health-protective decisions given corporate capture of our officials, we have to take action ourselves and demand that companies not sell strawberries grown in the fields with methyl iodide.
The Safe Strawberry campaign gives eaters, farmers, and retailers a platform to speak up against methyl iodide and undue pesticide industry influence. Together, we’ll build a strong, green and safe agricultural economy.
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The Safe Strawberry campaign was launched by Californians for Pesticide Reform, Pesticide Watch Education Fund, Pesticide Action Network North America and the Center for Environmental Health.