30 Aug '11, 5pm

Activists gathered in San Francisco to protest the use of a known carcinogen as a pesticide on Calif. crops:

Activists gathered in San Francisco to protest the use of a known carcinogen as a pesticide on Calif. crops:

Actiivists protest the use of methyl iodide. "Arysta, stop making methyl iodide. It's a cancer-causing pest-i-cide!" A small crowd of activists chanted this verse on Monday outside the recently vacated San Francisco offices of the pesticide company Arysta Lifescience, maker of methyl iodide. But they did more than chant: The group created a fumigation simulation by pouring warm water over lumps of dry ice placed under sheets of black plastic -- a representation of the way plastic sheets are used to attempt to cover beds that have been newly injected with the actual fumigant. As the steam seeped out, it was a stark reminder that this known carcinogen has already been applied to several fields in California's Central Valley. Representatives from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) were on hand, including Paul Towers, a spokesperson for the group. "We're here to send a clear messa...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/scary-food/2011-08-29-methyl-iodide-...

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