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July 21, 2004 - The Problem with Strawberries

Nobody loves strawberries like my little nephew. So much so, the my father would try to hide them in the back of the 'fridge.

Now there's another reason to hide the strawberries: Methyl Bromide (MB). In 1998 alone, more than 4 million pounds of MB were applied to California strawberry fields.

The Environmental Protection Agency classifies methyl bromide as a Toxicity Category I compound, the most deadly category of substances - with the ability to cause poisonings, neurological damage and reproductive harm. MB is also a powerful ozone depleter, which is linked to raising rates of skin cancer, eye cataracts and damage to key ecosystems.

While MB is slated to be banned in industrialized countries in 2005 under the international Montreal Protocol treaty, many countries - the U.S. more than any other - are lobbying for exemptions.

Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we explore the future of Methyl Bromide and the safety of our food and environment.

This Week's Guests:
  • Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
  • Nancy Ragsdale — USDA Methyl Bromide Alternatives
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
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