Pritchard, Heather

Heather Pritchard is a blogger, parent and Democratic Delegate who lives in South Orange County.

Methyl Iodide Approved Under Industry Pressure

By Heather Pritchard

Methyl Iodide was approved almost a year ago by the State of California to be used in the production of numerous crops – most notably Strawberries.  The decision has been controversial from the outset as evidenced by numerous state and national organizations requesting that California reconsider its decision, a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval filed by a coalition of farmworkers, community advocates and environmental health organizations, and a letter signed by 35 California legislators urging the EPA to ban the toxic pesticide all together because it is a known carcinogen, thyroid toxicant, and used to cause cancer in the laboratory.