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Stop Secret Pesticide Spraying!
  • Petitioned Karen Ross

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Karen Ross
Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
Matthew Rodriguez
CDFA and CAL-EPA
California state pesticide regulators

Stop Secret Pesticide Spraying!

    1. Caroline Cox , CEH
    2. Petition by

      Caroline Cox , CEH

      Oakland, CA

Imagine that crews of exterminators have the right under the law to spray poisons on your property without your consent and without even notifying you that your children and family will be at risk.

You might believe that couldn’t happen here. But a recent California court ruling ok’d a California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) program that gives the agency the authority for just this kind of secret pesticide spraying. 

CDFA is planning to use harmful pesticides to target the light brown apple moth, an insect that’s never been proven to damage California crops. Under a recent court ruling, CDFA can spray pesticides for the apple moth anywhere, anytime, with no notice to the people who will get sprayed. CDFA is also preparing to seek approval to spray pesticides for a long list of other insects anywhere in California, without notice and without any proof that these sprays are necessary or even work. 

Residents of Sacramento got a glimpse of how the secret spray plan works last July when CDFA called a “community meeting” to discuss its plans to spray pesticides linked to cancer and birth defects in order to “eradicate” the Japanese beetle, a suspected pest of ornamental plants. Too late, residents learned that CDFA actually had already begun the spraying before the public meeting took place! 

Health and environmental groups are considering an appeal of the recent court decision on the light brown apple moth spraying plan. But it shouldn’t take a court order to get state regulators to respect our basic right to know when our children and families may be exposed to pesticides. All Californians should call on CDFA and the California Environmental Protection Agency to pledge that those agencies will not conduct any secret spraying! 

Tell CDFA’s Karen Ross and CAL- EPA’s Matt Rodriquez to make a public commitment that no pesticide spraying will occur in state eradication programs without prior public notice to and consultation with the communities that will be affected, and that the requests of residents who want non-toxic alternatives to spraying of their property will be honored.

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    • Juli Chamberlin SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Pesticides carry risks to people, especially children. It is a basic right to have fair warning before a pesticide is applied on or near private or public property. Property owners should also have the right to review the safety and environmental information, in lay language, before spraying commences. Diligent effort must be exercised by the CDFA to make people aware of and able to engage with the impending pesticide application.

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    • Galina Angelova PLEVEN, BULGARIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      STOP!!!

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    • stephanie arata TEMECULA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      PROTECT CHILDREN - PESTICIDE SPRAYING NOTIFICATION SHOULD BE A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT - THERE ARE SAFER ALTERNATIVES TO USING TOXIC CHEMICALS WHICH HARM CHILDREN. PROTECT CHILDREN - INFORM EVERYONE BEFORE SPRAYING PESTICIDES - USE SAFER METHODS TO PROTECT CHILDREN.

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    • Sonia Ghani LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a human being living on this planet, I have the right to breath fresh air and be ok being bitten by insects. No One has the right to spray anything unless the majority of people vote and we, as the citizens of california have not voted for the spray. My freedom and rights are being violated.

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    • Frances Hinckley CORTE MADERA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Nobody should be in the path of any chemical spay, especially pesticides, for any reason. The warning labels make that very clear. Without prior notification, people are not given the opportunity to take reasonable steps to protect themselves, their family and their pets. Have we not learned anything since the days when DDT was sprayed on kids intentionally? At least that was done overtly and with the assumption that it was not harmful. We know better now. Yet now, our government wants to spray us, our kids, our school yards, sand boxes, picnic tables, etc. with chemicals KNOWN to have links to cancer, birth defects and other health issues. Because they know we won't like that, they want to do it without telling us. That is just wrong.

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