A future of cancer-free strawberries depends on all of us.
Methyl iodide's introduction into California strawberry fields has been delayed for more than a year because of the concerted, creative and unrelenting efforts of everyday people who refuse to allow decisionmakers off the hook. High school students have started chapters, young people attend press conferences dressed as strawberries, farmworkers, farmers and scientists have all testified to the risks and realities of this fumigant pesticide, and social media makers have generated a vibrant network of people paying close attention to this decision.
In the last year alone, more than 100,000 of you have voiced your opposition to this dangerous and unnecessary chemical at different points in the decision process. This kind of public pressure has presented policymakers in California and Washington D.C. with an important counterweight to the enormous lobbying and pesticide industry pressure they have been confronted with in the long battle over this decision. Keep it up!
Here's what you can do to get involved with the Safe Strawberry Campaign:
1. BE THE CHANGE:
Join Us! Make a commitment to support cancer-free strawberries by signing our personal Safe Strawberry pledge here.
2. START A LOCAL CAMPAIGN:
Get your local grocery store to sign the Safe Strawberry pledge: Promote a shift in the marketplace away from cancer-causing strawberries. Encourage your local stores to sell Safe Strawberries with help from our Safe Strawberry Action Guide provided below. This contains sample letters, tips on talking to store managers and factsheets that you can distribute in your community.
3. HOLD LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE
Tell Governor Jerry Brown to stop methyl iodide in California: Call Governor Brown’s office and tell him to repeal the registration of methyl iodide in California. This is easy! Call (916) 445-2841 and, when prompted, press 6 to speak to a representative.Tell her/him your name, where you’re calling from, and simply say, “I want Governor Brown to ban methyl iodide in California and instead support safe alternatives. Thank you.”
Tell EPA to ban methyl iodide: Thank you to everyone who signed our petition. Together with coaltion partners we gathered over 200,000 signatures opposing methyl iodide!
The Safe Strawberry Pledge gives consumers and retailers a voice to oppose methyl iodide. Help promote a shift in the marketplace away from cancer-causing strawberries by getting your local store to sign the Safe Strawberry Pledge.
Our Safe Strawberry Action Guide contains resources to help you encourage your local grocery store to sign the pledge. Download the full Safe Strawberry Action Guide or download the tip sheets individually below.
Talking to your family, friends and neighbors:
- General factsheet on methyl iodide and strawberries(PDF): The science is in, so let's share it with everyone!
- 6 Steps to Safe Strawberries (PDF): A short list of small steps to make a big difference.
- On the frontlines (PDF): If you live in a community close to where methyl iodide will be used, here are some things that you should know and advice on how to protect yourself and your family.
Asking stores to sign the Pledge
How to Start a Safe Strawberry Campaign in your Community (PDF)
It can be scary to walk into a store and demand change! This sheet contains detailed instructions and helpful hints for approaching your local grocery store and asking them to sell cancer-free strawberries.
Packet to Give to Stores
When you’re ready to go to the store, bring a packet with the following four sheets printed out:
1. The Safe Strawberry Pledge (PDF)
Ask your local grocery store to sign on to support cancer-free strawberries, healthy communities and a more sustainable California.
2. Safe Strawberry Cover Letter
This letter explains the problems with methyl iodide and why you’re asking your store to carry Safe Strawberries. There are parts of it that you’ll want to personalize with information specific to your local store (it’s a Microsoft Word document for easy editing).
3. Methyl iodide Factsheet (PDF)
This factsheet contains some more detailed information that stores might want to know. Bring this factsheet along with the pledge and cover letter to the store.
Ask your local store to write to governor Brown in support of our campaign - this sample letter makes it easy!
Mobilizing your community
Template Petition asking Stores to sign the Safe Strawberry Pledge (PDF)
Stores need to hear from their consumer base. A great tool for collecting these voices is a petition. Print out this template and get your community members to sign on. Put the pressure on your retailers to make the switch to cancer-free strawberries!
Tips on Writing a Letter to the Editor (PDF)
Feeling inspired? Getting a letter to the editor published in your local paper is a great tool for spreading word about methyl iodide and mobilizing your community. Here are some tips for constructing your letter.
For more detailed advice on organizing in your community, download Organizing a Pesticide Campaign (PDF), our activist toolkit with information on starting a community group, talking to decision-makers and working with the media.