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Toxic Farm Fumigants Drifting Into California Neighborhoods Study Finds
Methyl Bromide in Air in Ventura and Castroville also check out
>Do you think organic growing is safer?
February 9, 1996 Health Effects of Methyl Bromide Methyl bromide is
classified by the EPA as a Category I acute toxin, the most potent class of
chemicals. It is a colorless, odorless, and deadly gas,
>I think California ban methyl bromide because it takes away ozone and is a
cause globular warming yet because of money concerns the ban keeps getting
postpone. to me this winking money against health is not a justification
for doing man kind harm.they would have ban it outright but the growers say
that other states still use it and that would put the Ca. grower behind the
competitions you know money over health wins again. so they said they
would wait 5 years and hope to come up with a replacement. I feel if it is
bad enough to ban . ban it but those with the gold rule.
>According to Karen Light of Farm Without Harm, an
>organization based in Castroville, CA, neither state nor
>local officials would agree to do any drift testing in their
>nothing like illegal gifts and campaign contributions to sway the USDA who
stold the word "organic" from the people and now the fox gets the job of
watching the hen house. the word organic is now controlled by hard money
soft money and back door money. they took a grass roots movement and are
turning it into a bureaucrat nightmare.I feel that these chemical companies
have more money than the tobacco people and they know how to play the
political game. hard money soft money back door under the table money they
got it and they use it.
> In June 1996, a U.S. federal grand jury indicted Sun-
>Diamond Growers of California. The grand jury found that Sun-
>Diamond Growers gave illegal gifts and campaign contributions
>to former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy and sought the
>U.S. Department of Agriculture's help in delaying a U.S. ban
>on methyl bromide, which is scheduled to begin in January
>2001 under the Clean Air Act. Sun-Diamond, California's third
>largest agriculture co-operative, markets Sun-Maid raisins,
>Diamond walnuts, Sunsweet prunes and other products, many of
>which use methyl bromide for soil fumigation or for post-
>SACRAMENTO, Jan. 30 (UPI) _ Opponents of methyl bromide are urging
(Friday) California regulators to ban the farm chemical now that studies
>health hazards are over. Pesticide Action Network says residents and
schoolchildren near fumigated strawberry fields continue to suffer while
the Department of
>Pesticide Regulation drags its feet on the issue. The department says it
will complete its evaluation by mid- year.
>tate's Internal Study Showed Danger of Drifting Fumigant One Year Before
Victim Died of Methyl Bromide Poisoning August 20, 1997 Contact: David
Chatfield, Californians for Pesticide Reform: (415) 561-6598 Bill Walker,
Environmental Working Group..
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