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Is Your Strawberry Shortcake Toxic?

by aseligmann — last modified Jun 30, 2010 05:10 PM

Sign the Petition to Keep Methyl Iodide off Your Strawberries! Strawberries usually mean sweetness and summer, but unless we speak up, strawberry production in California could become better known for causing cancer, birth defects and miscarriages. California is considering allowing the use of a highly toxic chemical on strawberry fields. This affects all of us, since 90% of U.S. strawberries are grown in California . Can you take action to stop the use of methyl iodide for strawberries?

StrawberriesSign the Petition to Keep Methyl Iodide off Your Strawberries! Strawberries usually mean sweetness and summer, but unless we speak up, strawberry production in California could become better known for causing cancer, birth defects and miscarriages. California is considering allowing the use of a highly toxic chemical on strawberry fields. This affects all of us, since 90% of U.S. strawberries are grown in California . Can you take action to stop the use of methyl iodide for strawberries?

A panel of Nobel laureates and expert scientists called methyl iodide "one of the most toxic chemicals used in manufacturing ," yet the State ofCalifornia is considering allowing it to be sprayed and injected into the soil. California's own report found that if methyl iodide is used, "control of human exposure would be difficult if not impossible" and would result in "significant adverse impacts on public health," including cancer,miscarriages, and brain damage to fetuses and children.

It's important that we take action to stop the approval of this dangerous chemical. The outcome of California's decision may prompt an Environmental Protection Agency review of methyl iodide nationally.

It's time to put our health and our children's health before the profits of the pesticide industry. They should be finding safer, healthier ways to produce strawberries -- not allowing more toxins into our bodies and our environment.

Sign the petition against the use of methyl iodide on our strawberries:
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4165