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- Amy Standen
California Watch -
Strawberry growers are planning to fumigate their crops with methyl iodide, a carcinogen and neurotoxin that can cause miscarriages and other medical problems.
California pesticide regulators plan to approve a new agricultural chemical to sterilize the soil of strawberry fields, but state records and interviews with scientists raise questions about whether workers and nearby communities can be adequately protected from the highly toxic chemical.
Currently, strawberry growers use a fumigant called methyl bromide, which is being phased out around the world because it damages the ozone layer. But the alternative, methyl iodide, a carcinogen and neurotoxin that can cause miscarriages and other medical problems, is considered far more toxic than methyl bromide.