Gah, it’s even worse than I thought, and apparently it’s also used on tomatoes??? *turns green*
“Methyl iodide is a water contaminant, nervous system poison, thyroid toxicant and is listed on California’s Proposition 65 list of “chemicals known to cause cancer.” The chemical can readily become a gas and drift away from its intended target, despite any efforts to contain it. Methyl iodide would be primarily used on tomato and strawberry fields at rates up to 175 lbs per acre.”
Check out LaVidaLocavore’s petition over here: This stuff needs to be banned, like yesterday. =(
But in good news, Trader Joe’s has agreed to sell only sustainable seafood as of 2012. Yay!