If you haven’t heard about CA’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, you soon will. It’s going to enter your thoughts as you bite into your first, juicy sweet strawberry of the summer. That’s because they oversee part of a multimillion dollar farming industry and are responsible for allowing “exposure levels for methyl iodide that are 120 times higher than recommended by its own scientists and an eight-person panel the department commissioned to peer-review its work.” Read more in the article at Civil Eats.
Ok, what is methyl iodide? It’s a chemical pesticide that is expected to replace methyl bromide (which depletes the ozone). But methyl iodide isn’t much better – it has the potential to be extremely hazardous, especially to the farm workers
continually exposed to it. Because we know how important it is to understand the supply chain that brings food to our table, we have to take action against this health and environmental threat.