Stop using hazardous pesticide fumigants in strawberry fields!
  • Petitioned J. Miles Reiter

This petition was delivered to:

CEO of Driscoll's Berries
J. Miles Reiter

Stop using hazardous pesticide fumigants in strawberry fields!

    1. Sam Sleezer
    2. Petition by

      Sam Sleezer

      Red Bluff, CA

I like strawberries a lot. But Driscoll's Berries, the nation's largest strawberry company isn't being a good neighbor. Rural communities like mine are on the frontlines of pesticide exposure, especially from pesticide fumigants. 

Many pesticide fumigants are linked to a variety of adverse health impacts, incuding cancer, and are prone to drift on neighboring residents and farmworkers. It's no surprise that they create so many problems -- they are a gas injected into the ground. They have names like Telone (1,3-D), choloropicrin, methyl bromide and metam sodium. We recently worked with Pesticide Action Network to test the air near our homes and found high levels of chloropicrin, a pesticide linked to respiratory problems and cancer.

And I'm especially concerned as a father of two young children. California state scientists say my children are 76 times more likely to get cancer over the course of their life because of exposure to fumigants.

But it doesn't have to be this way. To be clear: I am not anti-farming. In fact, just the opposite. We encourage J. Miles Reiter, the CEO of Driscoll's, to be a good neighbor and use the fields near our homes as an opportunity to show how safe, green and cutting-edge farming can be done. And do the same across California and the rest of the country.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Phyllis Knowlton CAMPBELL, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My son lives next to the fields in Red Bluff

    • Eva Suhr 1620 KøBENHAVN V, DENMARK
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have family in California and I truly believe that in order to protect the environment , not only for ourselves, but also for future generations, then pesticides must under no circumstances be used.

    • leif perez CHICO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I feel that children and all living creatures should live in a world that is free of harmful chemicals that are hazardous to their lives and future development. Particularly, such hazardous chemicals as Driscoll uses and in such proximity to families such as those in these rural communities.

    • carmen sleezer CHICO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My brother, his wife and two young children are directly impacted by this spraying. This is unhealthy for them , for all families, and the environment.

    • Leslie Tharp RED BLUFF, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      It is criminal and unexcussable that you are able to spray the currently used pesticides instead of using alternative pesticides and methods of farming to increase your crop yiels that are available. You are putting your profit margin over peoples health and the environment mainly the soil and water quality.The run around that this company has given the residence of the Bend area along with the department of agriculture is deplorable and wrong!


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