19 Feb '12, 1pm

Monterey County Bans Use of Methyl Iodide in Agriculture

Monterey County Bans Use of Methyl Iodide in Agriculture

Monterey County, one of the largest agriculture producers in California has banned methyl iodide for use in agriculture and asked that its use be reexamined by the state of California. The strawberry fumigant has been found toxic to humans because of its carcinogenic effects. Methyl iodide was originally approved for use in 2010 but the decision was highly controversial because the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s own scientists found it harmful, according to Agro-Net . Its use was specifically targeted toward agricultural areas and not intended for residential areas, but harm could still be done to workers and those who came in contact with the fumigant. Methyl Iodide's History of Controversy Monterey County’s decision comes after years of controversy surrounding the use of methyl iodide. The pesticide was approved by the EPA to replace methyl bromide in 2007 . In Sep...

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