Each year, nearly one billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed into fields and orchards around the country. But as the families who live nearby can tell you, those pesticides don't always stay in the fields and orchards.
That's why we've asked EPA to set safety standards protecting rural children from the poisonous pesticides that drift from treated farms and into nearby communities.
With each new growing season, more children are exposed to these toxic chemicals—so we have filed a lawsuit to force EPA to take action. We’re in court because it’s time for EPA to decide whether it will stand with the weight of scientific evidence and protect children from pesticide drift
Methyl iodide is an extremely poisonous and dangerous pesticide that causes cancer and pollutes groundwater. It's been linked to cancer and late-term miscarriages and, because it's a gas, easily drifts from the fields and into nearby communities.
Methyl iodide was approved for use as a pesticide in the waning days of the Bush administration—over the objection of more than 50 eminent scientists, among them six Nobel Laureates in Chemistry.
Though methyl iodide will likely be used primarily on strawberries, it is also registered for use on tomatoes, peppers, nurseries and on soils prior to replanting orchards and vineyards. Earthjustice is working to project the public from this toxic pesticide.
• Case: California's Approval of Methyl Iodide Challenged
• Press release: Maker of Cancer-Causing Methyl Iodide Pulls Federal Registration
• Press release: Cancer-Causing Methyl Iodide Pulled
• Press release: "Smoking Gun" Documents Show Science Ignored in Approval of Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide
• Press release: As Embattled CA Pesticide Chief Steps Down, Feds Consider Petition to Ban Cancer-Causing Pesticide
• Press release: Coalition Sues California Over Approval of Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide
• Press release: California Proposal Would Approve Carcinogenic Pesticide For Use in State
• Press release: On Cesar Chavez Day, Farmworker & Health Advocates Petition U.S. EPA to Cancel Carcinogenic Pesticide
• Trip's Column: We Sue to Ban Highly Toxic Pesticide
• Trip's Column: Farmworkers Savor the Sweet Taste of Victory