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California Approves Use of Pesticide Linked to Cancer

California regulators have approved methyl iodide for use by fruit and vegetable growers, despite heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups. These groups cite the chemicals links to cancer as a reason not to use it.

Methyl iodide is being registered as a substitute for the pesticide methyl bromide, which is being phased out by international treaty. Methyl bromide depletes the Earth's protective ozone layer.

According to Business Week:

“The pesticide is included on California's official list of cancer-causing chemicals, and the department's own scientific advisory panel has raised concerns that it could poison the air and water.”

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