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Opposing Methyl Iodide for Licensed Use in California and United States Agriculture


Resolution Number 11-04.51

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.

Authors: Ana Mascarenas 45, Karen Bernal 05, Gary Lasky 27

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim
July 31, 2011