This is serious, folks. The California Dept. of Food and Agriculture is trying to push through a bill where the State has the permanent authority to spray pesticides anywhere, anytime, without warning — even on organic farms — which would invalidate their certification.
It also would allow them to further expand the program without public notice or input. This will be death to organic farming, which is something that many in Big Ag have wanted for a long time.
The public comment period ends this Friday, October 31. Please read, share, and comment at http://bit.ly/pest-peir-comments.
Stop CDFA’s Plan for Unlimited Future Pesticide Spraying
(COMMENT DEADLINE: Fri, Oct. 31)
The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) Draft Statewide Pest Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (Pest PEIR) authorizes the state to spray pesticides anywhere, any time, for any pest, into the infinite future. If the Pest PEIR is approved, there will be nothing that we can do to stop state pesticide spraying in our communities.
- Threat to human & environmental health, including honeybees. The PEIR would permanently eliminate less-toxic, non-pesticide, and organic options for state pest management. It allows spraying at schools and fails to adequately analyze pesticide impacts on children and other sensitive individuals such as the chronically ill. Its 79 pre-approved pesticides are linked to cancer, birth defects, reproductive system damage, and extreme toxicity to bees, other pollinators, fish, other aquatic life, birds, and mammals.
- Threat to organic farming. Organic farms could be forced to spray non-organic PEIR-mandated pesticides. PEIR disregards the economic and environmental impacts of forced spraying on organic farms, stating that organic farmers will not be harmed because they can simply sell sprayed crops as conventional produce.
- Expansion of spraying with no public notice or input. The PEIR allows CDFA to add new chemicals, new treatment locations, and new target pests behind closed doors with no way for us to know about or challenge these decisions.
Approval of the PEIR would set a precedent for sweeping, unchecked power by state agencies in matters involving human and environmental health.
Stop the approval of the PEIR – Comments due by Oct 31, 2014 (This Friday; don’t delay!)
- DIRECT LINK FOR COMMENTING: http://bit.ly/pest-peir-comments
- MORE INFO from MOMS Advocating Sustainability: http://bit.ly/moms-peir-info
Link to the CDFA PEIR website: www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/peir