Just when we think the U.S. EPA might have some sense, it goes and approves a carcinogenic pesticide, ignoring scientists’ warnings that “pregnant women and the fetus, children, the elderly, farmworkers, and other people living near application sites would be at serious risk.” As a substitute for ozone-depleting fumigant methyl bromide, California and Florida strawberry growers and other farmers will welcome in newly OK’d methyl iodide, which has caused thyroid tumors, neurological damage, and miscarriage in lab animals. But really, what do lab animals know?
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