Monday, February 18, 2008

stop the spray 2

Back on the soap box, this idea is plain BAD. From the Care @ Alerts:
The SF Chronicle just announced that a pesticide untested for human health safety will be sprayed over our Bay Area homes this summer in an attempt to eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth. (Read the article)

Already, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties have been sprayed and hundreds of citizens have reported health problems. Please tell your neighbors to sign this petition protesting the aerial fumigation of Bay Area residents.

Truly horrifying is that, according to, the pesticides currently used (CheckMate OLR-F and LBAM-F) have only undergone short-term tests on rats and rabbits. The manufacturer states, "Long-term studies on the active ingredients have not been done, however, no adverse effects expected."

Although the pesticide label reads, "Harmful if inhaled. Avoid breathing vapor or spray mist," the Mercury News reported that people were out walking in Santa Cruz when the planes started spraying.

Government agencies approving the plan admit that the pesticide could pose a threat to some people, stating "not all health effects can be predicted and because the general population includes susceptible (people), such as children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases, we cannot provide a definitive cause for their symptoms [experienced after the spraying in Santa Cruz and Monterey]."

Sprayings over San Francisco are expected to begin Aug. 1 and other areas to be sprayed as early as June include Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, and Daly City, Colma, Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Tiburon and Belvedere.

Stop the government from spraying citizens with pesticides without consent! Sign this petition and be sure to tell your friends:
Most of anyone knows me, knows I HAVE very strong feelings about pesticide use. Please take action!

1 comment:

cindyred60 said...

Wow!That is terrifying.. what about the birds getting sprayed and the bugs they eat being poisoned. I'm upset about my community spraying all the olive trees with something that keeps them from making olives...(we must keep our streets clean.) I've always enjoyed watching the birds feast on olives year after year. Now they have nothing. Of course everyone looked at me like I was nuts when answering the question, 'Why are their so many flies this summer?'
I explained that the lack of olives in the fall meant not as many fly eating birds in the summer.