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Tell EPA: Ban Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide
7 years ago
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Strawberries are sweet and delicious, it's hard not to love them. But if we don't act quickly, these juicy berries could end up being responsible for getting lots of people sick.

Earlier this year, officials in California approved a cancer-causing pesticide that's chiefly used in strawberry fields. They did this over the objections of scientists who warned that use of the chemical would make farmworkers and people in nearby communities sick. The chemical—methyl iodide—is so toxic that scientists in labs use it in very tiny amounts to create cancer cells.

It's already being used in Florida. And if California growers start applying it to strawberry fields later this year, millions of pounds of this toxic gas could end up being released straight into our air and water.

But we have a chance to make this right. Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are signaling they want to take a closer look at whether or not to ban this pesticide.

They've given the public until April 25 to weigh in with their comments. We need to let them know that methyl iodide is way too dangerous to be used in our fields and farms.


This post was modified from its original form on 20 Apr, 10:52
7 years ago

This will affect local frogs and other wildlife.  Signed.

7 years ago

Wow, Teresa. I'm trying to get to stuff so fast. I almost Deleted your Post till I seen where it said it will affect my Frogs. I need to take a breather. xo

7 years ago

Signed , thanks for posting

7 years ago

Hey Vinnie, I only post when the need is there to protect our ecosystems....

7 years ago

Signed. I loved strawberries, but I don't want to get sick because I'm eating them!. Thanks for the post.

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