This week, California regulators ruled that farmers must restrict their use of chloropicrin, a toxic pesticide widely used to prepare soil for planting. The state’s use of it increased 650 percent from 1991 to 2012.
Since our investigation of dangerous pesticides used to grow California strawberries, we’ve heard from people who say we’ve ruined the fruit for them. Here are a few reasons not to give up on strawberries quite yet.
Strawberries grown on both conventional and organic farms get their start in nurseries with the help of fumigants, a class of pesticides that have been linked to health problems and the hole in the ozone layer.
When the state’s top pesticide regulators step down, their influence over important public health and environmental issues continues. From overseeing water issues to representing a chemical giant, here’s what several ex-chiefs are doing now.
California strawberries are grown using some of the riskiest pesticides in agriculture. While the chemicals don't end up on the fruit you eat, they are potentially dangerous for farmworkers, nearby residents and the environment.
California’s strawberry growers rely on heavy amounts of dangerous pesticides to deliver fruit year-round at an affordable price. But the health and environmental problems that come with those chemicals have threatened the foundation of a $2.6 billion industry.