12 Jan '12, 8pm

The little county that could get California to rethink methyl iodide, by @twyspy

The little county that could get California to rethink methyl iodide, by @twyspy

A group protesting methyl iodide last year. Photo: Pesticide Watch It's been a little over a year since methyl iodide -- a known carcinogen that's been made to work as a fumigant on industrial-scale conventional farms, and is especially likely to be used on strawberry farms -- was approved for use in California. Methyl iodide is being seen as a replacement for the ozone-depleting methyl bromide , which will be phased out of use in the state by 2015. And while farmers appear to be holding off on using this highly toxic chemical (only a handful of applications have been recorded in the state so far), that fact hasn't stopped anti-pesticide advocates from pushing the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to reconsider the decision. Thursday's hearing , in response to a suit filed by California Rural Legal Assistance and Earthjustice against the state Attorney Gener...

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