Keep Science & Strawberries Safe from Corporate Influence
  • Petitioned Administrator Lisa Jackson

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Administrator Lisa Jackson

Keep Science & Strawberries Safe from Corporate Influence

    1. Petition by

      Pesticide Action Network North America

It's been 5 years since we started working to stop the use of cancer-causing methyl iodide, called by scientists “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth.” Last week, that work paid off with two big breaks.

First, the agency head who ignored her own scientists to approve methyl iodide for use in California, Mary-Ann Warmerdam, resigned and went to work for Clorox. At least this revolving door is an exit.

Second, U.S. EPA is reconsidering its decision on methyl iodide - despite intense pressure from Arysta, the largest private pesticide company in the world, to keep it on the market. On March 17, the agency opened public comment on our legal petition to end all uses of this pesticide, nation-wide. The science is clear: this pesticide is too toxic to be used safely. But the pesticide industry will keep weighing in. We need your voice at the table. Now.

Sign this petition to U.S. EPA, urging Administrator Lisa Jackson to follow the science, and do the right thing.

Recent signatures


    1. Last chance to voice your opposition to methyl iodide. The public comment period ends today!

    2. The deadline for comments is TOMORROW 5/13! Voice your opposition for methyl iodide now.

    3. Just a few days left to share your thoughts with EPA on keeping strawberries safe! Please share with your friends.

    4. California's first pesticide-free strawberry farmer wins NRDC's "Growing Green" award:

    5. Reached 9 signatures
    6. Only one week to submit your comments and sign this petition.Please share with your friends!

    7. Check out the Strawberry & Justice festival at UCSC tomorrow, 5/5

    8. SF Chronicle: "NRDC Growing Green Awards Highlight Alternatives to Toxic Methyl Iodide"

    9. Methyl iodide public comment period extended until May 13th

    10. The EPA extended the public comment period on methyl iodide until May 13th. That gives us 2 extra weeks to protest this neurotoxin!

    11. "Strawberry grower shows how to make a profit without poisons"

    12. More than 8,000 people have spoken out against methyl iodide. Let's make it 10K before the 4/30 deadline!

    13. Reached 8 signatures
    14. 4 more days to oppose the use of methyl iodide. Make your voice heard today!

    15. Reached 7 signatures
    16. California coalition publicly protests the use of methyl iodide

    17. Reached 5 signatures
    18. Public comment period on the use of methyl iodide ends THIS SATURDAY, 4/30. Make your voice heard!

    19. Only 5 short days to voice your opposition for methyl iodide!

    20. Teachers, enviros, scientists, and even the CA Legislature have spoken out against methyl iodide. Will you join them?

    21. Breast Cancer Action is also fighting the use of methyl iodide

    22. Progress! California's Ventura County Rescinds Methyl Iodide Permit

      California's Ventura County almost let a cancer-causing neurotoxin onto its crop fields — almost.
      An Oxnard-area farmer recently applied for a permit to use methyl iodide, a fumigant pesticide so poisonous it's been linked to cancers, miscarriages,...

    23. CA's Ventura County rescinds methyl iodide permit one day after officials issued it

    24. California county rescinds methyl iodide's first permit

    25. Reached 3 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • laura brudecki UNICOI, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      I grow strawberries at home because there is no telling what's on the ones from the store...Now I know!!!

    • Brandon Lerda ASHLAND, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Keep this shit out of my food and environment!

    • william seuffert MARTINSVILLE, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      I will not buy strawberries just because of this! go green!

    • Sonia Decant TOLEDO, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      No and I mean no chemical should be added to any food.

    • Saran Singh ANTELOPE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Its not safe to eat anything anymore, they put all kind of chemicals without caring for what the future outcome will be. When will people learn that you won't get any respect for being greedy for money. A person will value who you are with the actions that you make, knowing that you care for their well-being and not the money.


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