top
Central Valley
Central Valley
Indybay
Indybay
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Indybay
Regions
Indybay Regions North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area California United States International Americas Haiti Iraq Palestine Afghanistan
Topics
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Mon Apr 30 2018
Pesticide Use Near Record High in California
San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast Are Most Impacted by Agricultural Pesticides
Agricultural pesticide use in California remains at a near-record high, according to data released by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. DPR's latest numbers paint a grim picture of the state’s continued reliance on vast quantities of agricultural pesticides - 209 million pounds in 2016. That’s the third highest since reporting began in 1990. The greatest burden continues to be borne by the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast. In Monterey County, use of the drift-prone carcinogenic fumigant chloropicrin – the vast majority used on strawberries - rose above two million pounds, a 14% increase over the prior year.

The increase in use of chloropicrin, a Word War I-era poison gas and carcinogen that causes severe lung damage, is especially troubling to public health advocates in the Monterey Bay. “It’s disheartening that Central Coast strawberries and the workers that grow them continue to be exposed to ever greater quantities of cancer-causing chemicals,” said Lucia Calderon, organizer with the Monterey Bay area-based coalition Safe Ag Safe Schools.

Read More

Related Features: Air Testing Shows Unsafe Levels of Brain-Harming Pesticide in Kern County | Trump Administration Waives Water-Protection Rule for California Oilfields | Tulare County Has Most Agricultural Pesticide Illnesses in California | EPA Failed to Protect the Health of Latino Schoolchildren
02/02/21 Campaigners in SF and Worldwide Rally for Peace in Yemen Front Page | Anti-War | San Francisco | U.S. | International02/01/21 San José Anti-Eviction Protest Shuts Down Court Hearings, Nine Arrested Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Health, Housing & Public Services | South Bay | Government & Elections01/31/21 Four Violently Arrested After Providing Food and Supplies to the Vacaville Community Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | North Bay / Marin01/27/21 University of California Puts Up Fencing and Takes First Steps to Privatize People's Park Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing & Public Services | Education & Student Activism | East Bay | Government & Elections01/26/21 Windows Broken, Graffiti Attack on South San Francisco Courthouse Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Peninsula | North Bay / Marin01/25/21 Anti-Racists Send a Message at San Francisco CIS Headquarters Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | San Francisco | California | U.S. | International | Americas | Immigrant Rights01/08/21 Bay Area Reacts to Unprecedented Attack on US Capitol Building by Trump Fascists Front Page | San Francisco | U.S. | Government & Elections11/30/20 Big Year for Moms Includes Reclamation of Home and Co-founders Winning Elected Office Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Womyn | East Bay11/08/20 While Planned Protests Turn Festive After Trump's Defeat, Struggle for Justice Continues Front Page | San Francisco | North Bay / Marin | California | U.S. | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/03/20 San Francisco Bay Area Gets a Head Start on Protests Demanding No Election Interference Front Page | San Francisco | East Bay | Peninsula | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/20/20 Nationwide Marches Honor RBG, Urge Getting Out the Vote to Defeat Trump Front Page | Womyn | San Francisco | California | U.S. | Government & Elections
We are 100% volunteer and depend on your participation to sustain our efforts!

Donate

donate now

$ 212.00 donated
in the past month

Get Involved

If you'd like to help with maintaining or developing the website, contact us.

Publish

Publish your stories and upcoming events on Indybay.

IMC Network