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Supervisors pass resolution asking governor to reconsider methyl iodide

Posted: Thursday, Nov 10th, 2011

Santa Cruz County Supervisor Mark Stone (at podium) talks about a resolution passed Tuesday by supervisors that urges Gov. Jerry Brown to re-examine the registration of methyl iodide, which is commonly used in the farming of strawberries. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula)

Santa Cruz County supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that makes the county the first government in the nation to ask a governor to re-examine use of methyl iodide.

Supervisor Mark Stone joined a coalition of residents from the group Santa Cruz County Against Methyl Iodide, labor unions, advocates and public health organizations to announce the vote Tuesday by the board of supervisors’ on the use of methyl iodide.

The resolution, which was written by community members, urges Gov. Jerry Brown to revisit the registration of methyl iodide, a toxic and cancerous strawberry pesticide, said Dana Perls, community organizer for Pesticide Watch Education Fund.

The Central Coast produces the majority of California’s strawberries, making Santa Cruz County a prime target for methyl iodide use.


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