Twenty cherry orchard workers became ill after being exposed to a mixture of three pesticides that do not appear to have been associated with any reported illnesses before.
California regulators have ruled that the state’s farmers must restrict their use of chloropicrin, a toxic pesticide widely used to prepare soil for planting.
We don’t want to traffic in depression or ruination. So, with that in mind, here are four reasons to feel some hope about a favorite fruit.
When they are starting out, organic strawberry plants are grown with the help of fumigants.
When the state’s top pesticide regulators step down, their influence over important public health and environmental issues continues. From overseeing water issues to representing a chemical giant, here’s what several ex-chiefs are doing now.
California keeps detailed data on every commercial pesticide applied across the state. Here are a few of the interesting nuggets we pulled out of our analysis of that information.
California strawberries are grown using some of the riskiest pesticides in agriculture. While the chemicals don’t end up on the fruit you eat, they are potentially dangerous for farmworkers, nearby residents and the environment.
This short stop-motion animation explains how clever advertising tactics and certain pesticides helped make the strawberry cheaply and widely available in the U.S.
California’s strawberry growers rely on heavy amounts of dangerous pesticides to deliver fruit year-round at an affordable price. But the health and environmental problems that come with those chemicals have threatened the foundation of a $2.6 billion industry.
To map pesticide use in California, we analyzed data from the state Department of Pesticide Regulation, encompassing about 1.5 billion pounds of pesticides applied from 2003 to 2012.