California Democratic Party Resolution to Request that USDA Reclassify the Light Brown Apple Moth and End Quarantines of California Farmers

Resolution Number 10-07.03

WHEREAS, in 2007, various Northern California communities were aerially sprayed with a pesticide called Checkmate, a product used by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) in an attempt to eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM), and the spray product, never approved to be used on any food crops, spurred an enormous public outcry in those counties and since then, public opposition to the entire LBAM eradication program, not just aerial spraying, has continued; the LBAM eradication program is hurting California farmers economically; and
 
WHEREAS, numerous independent scientific experts including a review by the National Academy of Science challenges both the need for eradication and the ability for eradication to succeed; and
 
WHEREAS, quarantines, not crop damage due to LBAM, have caused a significant financial and management burden to California farms and nurseries, including some going out of business and addressing the trade aspects of LBAM and reclassifying it to more accurately reflect its status as an insect of minor concern is the only long-term solution for California farmers;
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges our State Senate and Assembly members, as well as California Congressional members to participate in calling on USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to reclassify the Light Brown Apple Moth as a non-actionable pest, and replaced with a serious focus on harmonizing trade agreements with other fruit producing, importing and exporting countries.
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party ask our members of Congress to work towards and see to completion, an end to the funding for this program; and as the LBAM program is conducted throughout our state, that this resolution be sent to all Democratic Central Committees in California for their consideration and adoption.

 

Submitted by Karen Bernal; Sponsor: Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee

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

 

 

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