A Victory for Strawberry Eaters and Farm Workers

Arysta Life Sciences announced on Tuesday that it will immediately suspend sales of MIDAS in the United States. MIDAS is the brand name of methyl iodide, a dangerous pesticide used on California strawberry fields. Scientists believe the chemical causes cancer, brain damage, and miscarriages among the workers who handle it.  A letter from more than 50 scientists, including 5 Nobel laureates, called it “one of the most toxic chemicals used in manufacturing.”

(Unfortunately, Arysta will continue to market the chemical outside the U.S.)

Read more at the Center for Environmental Health and the L.A. Times.

Photo: L.A. Times.

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