Strawberries Injected with Cancer!!

Look, all I’m saying is that it’s hard to have a romantic night of strawberries and champagne with your lover(s) when the strawberries have cancer-hungry pesticides on them.

The below post is from my friend Ana Mascareñas, who is on the AD45 Central Committee with me and cares deeply about the horrible pesticides that are sprinkled over the foods we eat.

These are the realities of the world we live in people! So if you’re a delegate of the CA Dem Party and will be attending the upcoming convention in Sacramento, PLEASE support this resolution! And if you’re not a delegate, inform yourselves and urge your elected officials to get off their butts and stop this whole pesticide nonsense! Don’t get me started on non-union wine!

– Wendy

From Ana:

Today, on Cesar Chavez’s birthday, I’d like to thank the Democratic delegates so far who have signed their support for a resolution opposing the use of the cancer-causing pesticide, Methyl Iodide. Use of this toxic chemical would seriously threaten the health of farmworkers and rural communities, and could contaminate California’s groundwater.

This issue, along with many others, links us to Cesar Chavez’s legacy of fighting for social and economic justice. By refusing to sacrifice our health and environment for corporate interests, we can build a healthier and more equitable future. Arysta LifeScience, the largest privately held pesticide corporation in the world, is promoting this pesticide under the trade name “Midas.” When given the opportunity to decide if Methyl Iodide should be used in CA last year, the state chose to ignore its own science panel’s warning that it could NOT be used safely. This chemical is too toxic as a soil fumigant pesticide, and has no place in American agriculture.

Tell the governor to ban MeI: (916) 445-2841, and if you’re a delegate to the CA Democratic Central Committee, sign on your support for this resolution! Extra special thanks to AD 45 delegates who have helped kick this off.


WHEREAS, methyl iodide has been provisionally approved for use as a fumigant pesticide in California’s strawberry fields, as well as in fields where nursery plants and nut trees will be planted, among other crops; and

WHEREAS, methyl iodide is a known carcinogen, a neurotoxin, and a thyroid toxicant that can disrupt fetal development and cause miscarriages, and even with legally required protections, application procedures, and buffer zones, scientists estimate unconscionable risks posed to the health and wellbeing of California residents and the environment; and

WHEREAS, fifty-four scientists, who are members of the National Academy of Sciences, six of them Nobel Laureates, have expressed concerns about the potential and actual health risks associated with exposure to methyl iodide at high and low doses, calling the chemical, “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth,” and have expressed these concerns in letters and expert testimonials to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the State of California, and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the California Democratic Party urges Governor Brown to reverse the 11th-hour approval of the methyl iodide made by the Schwarzenegger Administration, to prohibit its use in California agriculture into perpetuity, and support the March 31, 2010 petition requesting that all registrations of methyl iodide be suspended and cancelled throughout the United States.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chair of the California Democratic Party be instructed to send copies of this resolution to the Governor of California, elected Democrats in the California State Legislature, and the United States Congress.

Names of supporting delegates so far:

  1. Rene Aguilera, AD4
  2. Glenda Wertenberger, AD4
  3. Brian Washman, AD4
  4. Kerri Asbury, AD5
  5. Karen Bernal, AD5
  6. Bill Lackemacher  , AD5
  7. Raquel Simental, AD5
  8. Jo Ann Souvignier, AD5
  9. Sylvia Meruvia-Landers, AD5
  10. Yannick A. Phillips, AD6
  11. Cindy Young, AD8
  12. Rick Guerrero, AD9
  13. Rich Hundreiser, AD9
  14. Kate Lenox, AD9
  15. Anna Molander, AD9
  16. Rebecca Sandoval, AD9
  17. Peggy  Gorman, AD10
  18. Larry Tract, AD10
  19. Mal Burnstein, AD14
  20. Carolyn Phinney, AD14
  21. Rhodesia Ransom, AD17
  22. Robert Longer, AD20
  23. Susan Rowe, AD25
  24. Rose Roach, AD26
  25. Judy Hess, AD29
  26. James Williams, AD29
  27. Gary Lasky, AD29
  28. Jay  Matthew, AD31
  29. Wendy Block, AD32
  30. Adam Urrutia, AD34
  31. Paul Aguilar, AD45
  32. Paul Ahrens, AD45
  33. Wendy Carrillo, AD45
  34. Gil Cedillo, AD45
  35. Francisco Cendejas, AD45
  36. Arturo Chavez, AD45
  37. John Cleary, AD45
  38. Debra Evans, AD45
  39. Sandra Figueroa, AD45
  40. Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal, AD45
  41. Marcia Guzman, AD45
  42. Carol Jacques, AD45
  43. Bill Kysella, AD45
  44. Ana Mascareñas, AD45
  45. Bobby Verdugo, Jr., AD45

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