Sunday, May 9, 2010

strawberry contamination

Recently it has come to my attention that the State of California has approved methyl iodide for use as a pesticide on strawberry crops.

Methyl iodide is a potent carcinogen, it is used to induce cancer in lab animals because it is so effective.  Back in 2007 dozens of well respected scientists (many of them Nobel winning scientists) urged the EPA to ban this substance because it was such a dangerous chemical.

I find it disturbing and appalling that any organization, governmental or otherwise, would knowingly approve use of a substance virtually guaranteed to cause cancer in consumers.   I plan to watch this issue closely and, if methyl oxide is approved, will no longer be eating strawberries from California.  I will then be watching further to see if they approve it for other crops which I will then also no longer eat.  

The State is now seeking public comment on the issue before they implement it, you have until June 14th to let them know how you feel.  Please take a moment to stand up for your rights as consumers to non-carcinogenic foods.

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Marci said...

So, they have not started using it yet? I just bought strawberries from California.

Mira Dessy said...

They have not started using it yet. They approved it but are in a period of public comment to decide if they will actually use it. This is your opportunity to speak up and let California know that you do not want carcinogens on your food.

cheeky123 said...

Read the blog just now and am so amazed. Today itself my kids ate strawberries. I wish it doesnt get approved.