In 2007 the State of California repeatedly sprayed densely populated areas in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties from low flying airplanes with a largely untested pesticide, following which hundreds of people reported illness. The state then threatened to spray highly populated areas throughout the Bay Area with the same pesticide every 30-90 days for many years. The spray program was purportedly designed by the State of California to eradicate the light brown apple moth. Despite no documented damage from the moth, the state continues to pursue this ill-conceived, expensive, toxic and unnecessary program.
In 2008, MOMAS was a key player in a successful effort to stop the state from the spraying. MOMAS is currently co-plaintiff in litigation against the state in an effort to put an end to this unnecessary and toxic program.
You can read more about this issue from the Huffington Post.
Sign the petition asking the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and Cal-EPA to make a public commitment that pesticide spraying won’t occur without prior public notice and that the requests of residents who want non-toxic alternatives to spraying of their property will be honored.