Thursday, April 25, 2013

Advocates Want Strawberry Pesticide Phase-Out

Environmental and farmworker worker activists are calling on California to set a firm deadline to phase out a controversial pesticide used in the state’s strawberry industry. Growers say they have not found good alternatives to the fumigant methyl bromide, a pesticide being phased out world-wide to protect the atmospheric ozone layer. Workers and environmentalists say the industry, and California, must learn to live without the toxic pesticide. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.