California strawberry farms could soon become toxic sites, if governor Arnold Schwarzenegger succumbs to industry pressure to bypass scientific review by the state�s Department of Pesticide Regulation and allows growers to apply methyl iodide, a potent fumigant that kills every living organism in the soil.
California sticks to science with methyl iodide
On July 7, 2008, Florida approved a conditional methyl iodide registration.
Enough is known about this chemical to predict that its use for soil fumigation will result in unhealthful human exposures. A history of mass poisonings involving other fumigants is part of the basis forth is prediction.