25 Aug '11, 6pm

California approved cancer-causing pesticide for strawberries despite secretly knowing the chemical was toxic - scary

Internal documents reveal toxic secrets behind approval of methyl iodide Spraying a cancer-causing poison on California’s farm fields sounds like some dastardly plot hatched by a Batman super-villain. Unfortunately, reality is often scarier than fiction. In December 2010, the state approved the known carcinogen methyl iodide for use on the farm fields. Yes, you read that right—a chemical that actually causes cancer was approved to be sprayed on the fields that grow the Golden State’s prized crops. Earthjustice promptly filed a lawsuit in January challenging the state’s approval of the toxic pesticide. Because of that lawsuit, Earthjustice recently obtained internal documents detailing dire warnings about methyl iodide from scientists at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation . Unfortunately, those warnings fell on deaf ears and then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegge...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2011-august/california-ignor...

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