Get methyl iodide out of our food!
California Governor Jerry Brown just appointed Brian Leahy - an organic farmer - to head California's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).
Brown has delayed action on the cancer-causing strawberry pesticide methyl iodide for more than a year, saying that the decision should rest with the head of the pesticide regulation agency. Now that Leahy is taking the helm, he can act on the issue. California has the opportunity to get methyl iodide out of our food.
Environmental Working Group is partnering with the Pesticide Action Network to make sure Director Leahy knows you want methyl iodide off the market. Sign the petition to Governor Brown and Director Leahy today!
Use the form below to add your name to our petition to get methyl iodide out of food.
As a supporter of Environmental Working Group, I am writing to urge you to take action on methyl iodide. Last 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 this cancer-causing pesticide has only gotten stronger.
Scientists have said time and time again that methyl iodide causes cancer, poses risks to farmworkers and pregnant women and has the potential to contaminate our scarce groundwater resources. Based on recent court findings, it's clear that the Schwarzenegger Administration ignored that body of science in its zeal to approve the chemical.
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.
We 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.