The California Department of Food and Agriculture, at the invitation of the governor, is aerially spraying our state with a toxic combination of carcinogens and endocrine disruptors encapsulated in particulate plastic. Their lame excuse for doing this that a moth is going to wipe out all agriculture in the state. The moth, called the light brown apple moth, or LBAM, is actually misclassified as a class A pest. In New Zealand and Hawaii this moth does negligible damage to plants and is kept in control by natural predators. Yet, our governor declared California to be in a state of emergency and began spraying the central portion of the state near Monterrey Bay.
The end result was hundreds of dead birds, hundreds of sick people and rivers and the ocean fouled with toxic sludge. Many people have fled the area, but unfortunately, this is a statewide program and the government will not only continue aerially spraying central California, they are coming next to the SF Bay Area. 7 million people will be sprayed with an untested chemical containing 'secret' ingredients, the nature of which are being kept secret because of patent laws that protect the rights of the manufacturer. Spraying will begin in August.
The city governments of Berkeley, Oakland, Marin and Alameda are desperately trying to stop the CDFA and our governor ... but the Monterey local government did this as well and that didn't stop the spray.
The particulate plastic the toxins are contained in enters deeply into the lungs and remains there, permanently. The ingredients that have been disclosed are documented causes of breast cancer, sterility and a host of other scary things. This junk will be in our bodies, in our water, in our soil forever unless we can stop this egregious plan.
This isn't the first time California will be sprayed. Monterey county was sprayed last year. Take a look at this article that states hundreds of people were sickened after the spray.
Apparently, spraying will begin on June 1, 2008 for Santa Cruz & Monterey counties. The Bay area will be sprayed beginning August 1, 2008. The plan is spray again every 30 to 90 days as well.
There are some really cool things about California, but the state government is not one of them. This is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. This biochemical will kill wildlife, harm the environment, ruin organic produce, and pose a huge health hazard.
The main website leading the effort to protect California is LBAMspray.com.
Here's an article about the plan in the San Francisco Chronicle. Also, take a look at this article that reveals the political motivation and vested interests in performing the spray.
The biochemical is called CheckMate and is produced by Suterra, a company based in Bend, Oregon. Here's their contact information, should you desire to let them know how you feel:
213 SW Columbia St
Bend, OR 97702
Thanks to the Ellis family for informing me about this issue. They are writing about this as news unfolds on their blog Vegan Reader.