Will this impact the illegal immigration debate? Are Americans going to be willing to work on farms that use methyl iodide? Maybe the anti-illegal immigration folks are doing immigrants a favor by keeping them out.
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State poised to OK supertoxic pesticide
San Francisco Chronicle
June 2, 2010
Farmers planting strawberries and other crops in California will soon have to contend with cancer-causing poison instead of bugs, worms and fungus if regulators get their wish.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has proposed registering methyl iodide as a pesticide in California to the dismay of scientists and environmental groups, who say it is so toxic that even chemists are reluctant to handle it.
The chemical will become legal for growers to use after a 60-day comment period ending June 29 unless there is some kind of public outcry...