The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is poised to approve methyl iodide for use in growing strawberries. Methyl iodide is a dangerous chemical used to intentionally induce cancer in lab animals, as well as causing lung, liver, kidney and central nervous system damage.
More than 90% of the strawberries in the US come from Califonia, and strawberries readily absorb pesticides that the consumer is then exposed to.
The CDPR is accepting comments until June 29, 2010 when, unless we make our voices heard, methyl iodide will be approved. Don't let California make this disasterous mistake!
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