Great news! A successful organic farmer has just been appointed to head California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) by Gov. Brown. This is happy news on a number of fronts, but first and foremost, it means that CA is now poised to reverse the decision to register the cancer-causing strawberry pesticide, methyl iodide.
For over a year, Gov. Brown has been refusing to take action on methyl iodide, saying that the decision must rest with the incoming head of DPR. That person, Brian Leahy, is now in place. Please join us in calling for immediate action.
With your help we’ve been holding the line on methyl iodide. That struggle is what has created the moment of opportunity we have right now. Let’s finish this!
Send a clear message to Gov. Brown and newly appointed Director Brian Leahy: getting this carcinogenic chemical out of California must be a priority in 2012.
Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!
Call Governor Brown at: (916) 445-2841. Below are some talking points for your call.
> I am calling about the pesticide methyl iodide, called “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth” by a California scientist that reviewed the chemical.
> Last March, you agreed to reopen the 11th-hour Schwarzenegger approval of the pesticide methyl iodide, but you haven’t yet stopped its use while you reconsider. Meanwhile, 2 farms have used methyl iodide, and soil fumigation season is fast approaching.
> California scientists have determined that there is no safe way to use this chemical in agriculture while protecting public health.
After your call, you can also send the online petition below.
In March, Gov. Brown said he would take a “fresh look” at the chemical slated for use on California’s strawberry fields, and since then, the case against cancer-causing pesticide has only gotten stronger.
California scientists have determined that there is no safe way to use this chemical in agriculture while protecting public health.
We are hopeful that newly-appointed Director Leahy will tap his farming and government experience to make the right decision and pull methyl iodide off the market.
I trust that that you have had enough time to “look” at methyl iodide. In looking you would have seen that the chemical doesn’t belong in California – not near farmworkers, rural children or any community.