Pesticide is one of the things that benefit in the food industry, increasing profits more than can be done by mono culture. Since the agricultural industry produced more food, pesticide use was also much more than before.
Berries are an important food to combat free radicals but ironically the fruits receive more pesticides than other agricultural products. Strawberries, one of the berries, used to receive fumigant, gaseous pesticide exploded into the ground to control pests and weeds.
Increased strawberry production is directly proportional to the depletion of ozone associated with the use of fumigant. Fumigant, even when used in accordance with the procedure, it will float freely (depleting ozone) and even carry the risk of cancer for local residents.
The pesticide has been found since the end of World War I when the pineapple industry in Hawaii did some experiments with chloropicrin, a chemical that was originally used to attack the enemy in battle.
This fact was reported by an investigative series, The Dark Side of the Strawberry by the Center for investigative reporting.
When chloropicrin was pumped into the ground, the gas was able to improve yields significantly. One acre by intake of chloropicrin was capable of producing 20 tons of pineapple more than untreated same area.
As a result, the farmers began to apply chloropicrin on other agricultural products including strawberry. The use of fumigant was a major factor why the Americans could increase their strawberry production four-fold in the 1970s.
To note, the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty, has banned fumigant because it can accelerate ozone depletion. This agreement was supported by the world’s best 200 atmospheric scientists. They concluded that methyl bromide is much more dangerous than chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). This agreement was passed in 2005.
A 2013 study by UC Berkeley stated that methyl bromide is capable of causing abnormal births, like baby with too small head size. The US Environmental Protection Agency even classified methyl bromide in as acute toxic (Category I). California is the number 1 strawberry producer in United States.
Phase-out of methyl bromide had a direct impact on the transition to 1.3-Dichloropropene, one of the popular carcinogenic pesticides. This pesticide is owned by Dow. And in 2002, after studying how long 1,3-D lingers in the air, Dow filed a claim that there was no serious danger of fumigant. Unfortunately, state legislators accepted the claim and since 2002, Californians got a bigger risk of cancer due to fumigants.
Article originally posted on NaturalNews