18 Oct '11, 12pm

Fumigation nation: Battling pesticide use in California

Fumigation nation: Battling pesticide use in California

Photo: sgrace To drive through California's farm fields with a group of anti-pesticide advocates is to see the endless rows of strawberries, lettuce, and Brussels sprouts transform from a bucolic to an ominous sight. This happened to me on a recent tour of Santa Cruz and Monterey -- two coastal counties known for their cool-weather crops and a wide range of corresponding chemicals used to keep pests at bay. (In 2009 alone, conventional farmers in Monterey County used over 7 million pounds of pesticide, for example). Three advocacy groups -- Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR), Pesticide Action Network (PANNA), and Pesticide Watch -- convened a group of local politicians to illustrate not only the dangers of pesticide use in the state, but also the viable alternatives. I was lucky enough to get to tag along. The group toured two successful organic farms along the coast ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-10-18-Fumigation-nation

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