I’m growing my own strawberries this year, but this news on poison pesticides from California really got my attention anyway. This is just insane, why would you intentionally spray fruit with a chemical that scientists use to CAUSE cancer in lab rats??
Via La Vida Locavore:
“Until now, methyl bromide has been used widely in growing strawberries. However, as methyl bromide depletes the ozone layer worse than the CFCs we got rid of years ago, it’s being phased out internationally. And growers are looking for a replacement. A cancer-causing replacement.
The proposed replacement for methyl bromide is methyl iodide. Chemists use methyl iodide to induce cancer in lab animals. Under Bush, the EPA gave the OK to methyl iodide, but California (producer of nearly 9 out of 10 strawberries in the U.S.) has held up allowing it thus far. They are expected to announce a decision on it soon. “