The Agrichemical Business Goes on Trial

Methyl iodide is one of a family of chemicals that researchers view as well-known cancer hazards. The chemical is also a neurotoxin and causes late-term miscarriages. And it kills soil-dwelling organisms — which is why farmers (particularly strawberry and tomato growers) fumigate fields with it prior to planting.  Calling it one of the most toxic chemicals used in […]

Chemical Warfare Rages in California’s Strawberry Fields

In the days before leaving office, the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger planted a chemical time bomb in California strawberry fields that, if not defused, could cause cancer, thyroid toxicity, permanent neurological damage, and miscarriages, according to 54 distinguished chemists, including five Nobel laureates. The chemical in question is called methyl iodide (or iodomethane) and […]