Tell Gov. Schwarzenegger: Stop the Aerial Pesticide Spraying
Recently the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) announced
controversial plans for nighttime aerial pesticide spraying over the urban
areas of the San Francisco Bay in an attempt to control the light brown
apple moth. The spraying would be conducted at regular intervals as often as
once every thirty days.
The CDFA itself admits that the light brown apple moth has done no crop
damage in California to date, and biologists agree that the spraying will
not eradicate the moth. There is considerable debate as to whether the moth
actually poses a significant threat to California agriculture.
The pesticide to be sprayed (called "Checkmate") has never before been
approved for application over populated areas, and has never been tested for
long-term human toxicity. In addition to the active ingredient (a synthetic
pheromone designed to disrupt the moth's reproduction), Checkmate contains
other chemical compounds listed as "inactive" ingredients -- the exact
composition of which are undisclosed due to the "trade secrets" privilege.
Similar spraying was done in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties this past
fall, after which more than 600 residents complained of respiratory
problems. Better alternatives exist for controlling the light brown apple
moth, such as sticky traps baited with these same pheromones.
Please sign our petition to Governor Schwarzenegger (we'll also send a copy
to your Assemblymember and State Senator) to support an immediate moratorium
on aerial spraying until safer, non-aerial alternatives can be identified;
and to support proposed legislation to ensure the future informed consent of
the people that would be affected by any other proposed aerial pesticide
Tell me more
Send this petition to:
* Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (if you live in California)
* Your Assemblyperson (if you live in California)
* Your State Senator (if you live in California)
I strongly oppose the proposed aerial spraying of urban areas in California
for the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM).
This is the first time that aerial spraying of this pesticide has been
proposed for densely populated areas. Regrettably, no studies whatsoever
have been conducted on the long-term health or environmental impacts of such
aerial spraying. The aerial spraying plan comes with very high risks for
negative public health impacts, especially given that the proposed plan
would include multiple aerial sprayings over a short period of time, and
over several years.
In addition, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) does
not have an adequate public notification system in place to ensure that all
potentially affected individuals would be notified of the date and time of
any control or eradication efforts. This lack of public notification is
completely unacceptable and denies the public the right to protect
themselves and their children from pesticide exposure.
I urge you to support an immediate moratorium on any aerial spraying over
urban populations in California. In addition, I ask you to support the
legislation proposed -- AB 2760, AB 2763, AB 2764, AB 2765, and AB 2892 --
as a package to ensure better public notification and debate about any such
control or eradication programs in the future.
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