On December 24, 2014 the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) approved a statewide Pest Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). The PEIR provides advance approval for the state to spray pesticides in our communities and on our food when and where they want, for any insect they consider a threat, anywhere in the state, for years into the future, and the public’s ability to challenge these programs would be severely restricted or in many cases, completely eliminated.
Facts About the Pest Environmental Impact Report (PEIR)
– It threatens organic farming – Organic farms can be forced to spray non-organic pesticides. The PEIR states that these farmers can simply sell their crops as conventional produce.
– Threatens human health – The plan described in the PEIR relies on a list of 79 pesticides and other chemicals including substances linked to cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, and reproductive system impacts. The list of pesticides could be expanded at CDFA’s discretion.
– Threatens honeybees, aquatic life, birds & mammals – Many of the chemicals in the PEIR are known or suspected to be lethal to bees and other pollinators, fish and other aquatic life, birds, and mammals. Among the PEIR pesticides are several neonicotinoids, which are directly linked to the collapse of honeybee populations.
– Can impact schools – The PEIR states that “…Proposed Program activities may need to occur at or near existing or proposed school sites.” This could provide the state with unbridled authority to spray at schools.
– Fails to adequately analyze impacts from pesticides – The PEIR’s cursory analysis of the impacts of chemicals on health and the environment fails to answer many essential questions, including many impacts of pesticide exposure on:
- infants, pregnant women, and other sensitive populations;
- children whose schools and communities could be sprayed under the PEIR;
- rivers, streams, and drinking water.
– Allows no public notice – CDFA can enlarge its program – adding new pesticides, new treatment areas, etc. — behind closed doors without public notice or comment.
Where We Are In The Process
We filed a lawsuit in the Alameda Superior Court on January 22, 2015. The lawsuit outlines numerous ways the spray plan violates state environmental laws, including failure to notify the public of future pesticide spraying and failure to analyze the impacts of the pesticides on human and environmental health, including harm to infants and contamination of drinking water.
MOMAS has been instrumental in spearheading the opposition to the PEIR.
We believe the pesticide-oriented approach to agriculture described in the PEIR is not based on current science, threatens human health and the health of critical pollinators, is burdensome to our farmers, weakens our agricultural system, and does not consider modern regenerative agricultural concepts that will make our agriculture more resilient to pests.
We support independent scientists who are working to develop a modernized, less toxic, more effective, and more economical approach to managing pests that is also less burdensome to our farmers.
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