Decision Time for Governor Brown: Stop Methyl Iodide Now!By Ali Geering-Kline
It’s not too late for Jerry Brown to save thousands of farms from being doused with the highly toxic methyl iodide. But he must act fast. Fumigation season is near for many non-organic California farmers, and already the toxic pesticide has been applied to a garden nursery, two pepper farms, and an almond orchard in the state. We’ve warned about the the nasty health hazards of cancer-causing methyl iodide before, and organizations, including CEH, have worked hard for the last couple years to keep this pesticide out of our state. A group of renowned scientists commissioned to review the pesticide wrote, “Any anticipated (fumigation) scenario would result in exposures to a large number of the public and thus would have a significant adverse impact on the public health.”
Read today’s Sacramento Bee editorial on methyl iodide to get the full scoop on the methyl iodide dilemma as it stands now in California. *full editorial no longer available
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Ali manages the website and coordinates the online communications of CEH. She works with the communications and development staff to create messaging strategies and public education content for CEH’s supporters and online audience. A Bay Area native, Ali attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Studies. This allowed her to live abroad in Argentina, where she studied Latin American history and learned valuable Spanish language skills. Ali is thrilled to be part of an organization that advocates for healthy communities so effectively.