I received an amazing email today from the United Farm Workers announcing their victory regarding U.S. use of methyl iodide! I wrote a post about it last June and now the fight is finally won! Here is the email they sent out this afternoon:
Si Se Puede! Arysta pulls methyl iodide nationwide.
We did it! We are proud to share a huge victory with you. We’ve just gotten word that Arysta LifeScience has pulled cancer-causing methyl iodide off the U.S. market. This announcement means the end of the use in the U.S., of what scientists have called “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth”.
Thanks to consumers like yourself, through public pressure and supporting litigation when federal and state agencies failed to protect the public, the use of this dangerous poison has been limited.
UFW President Arturo Rodriguez said, “Today farm workers can breathe a little bit easier knowing that the risk of being exposed to methyl iodide will be gone, thanks to the support of thousands of people throughout the country, PANNA and the brave workers who risked their jobs to speak out and say “enough”.
The UFW will stay vigilant to ensure Arysta does not bring the toxic back.
Thank you for all you have done to help.