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May 14, 2008


ALERT to Californians and all concerned citizens...

Beginning this August 17th, The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plan to start aerial pesticide spraying over several counties (San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda) and large urban areas of Northern California. More that 3.5 million residents (humans) will be sprayed with toxic chemicals in urban areas including including the cities of San Francisco, Daly City, Colma, Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Tiburon, and Belvedere.

Initial spraying was conducted last Fall in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties - any many people became ill. The CDFA and USDA plan to spray pesticides several times each month during the 9 dry months of the year, for 2-5 years, or indefinitely.

This pesticide spraying is part of our government's objective to "eradicate" the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). The program will include aerial spraying with a pheromone based pesticide, ground application with a toxic (non-pheromone based) pesticide, and several other undisclosed ground programs.

It's important to realize that this is strictly is a political and economically driven decision - benefiting big agribusiness and friends/politicians in the USDA - at the direct cost of the health of our population.

in this issue...
  • LBAM Spray Interviews by Julie and Martin
  • What You Need to Know - Truth!
  • What Do the Governmental Agencies Say?
  • The Real Motivation
  • Take Action!
  • Resources and Informational Tools
  • Humerous SUMMARY of this IMPORTANT matter.....

  • What You Need to Know - Truth!

    Everyone must know that this spraying of pesticides is:

    • Not safe!
    • Not effective!
    • Not necessary!

    Not Safe:

    • The "pheromone" used in the aerial spraying is a pesticide, it is not harmless.
    • There were at least 649 complaints from the LBAM spraying in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, the first counties to get sprayed - though this is commonly believed to be significantly underreported.
    • The effects of the pheromones on humans, particularly pregnant women, children, and the elderly, are UNKNOWN. and have NOT been studied.
    • The inert ingredients proposed are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. The EPA's website states, "Many consumers are mislead by the term "inert ingredient", believing it to mean "harmless." Since neither federal law nor the regulations define the term "inert" on the basis of toxicity, hazard or risk to humans, non-target species, or the environment, it should not be assumed that all inert ingredients are non-toxic."
    • A few of the "inert" ingredients and their toxic side effects are as follows. 1,2-Benzisothiazolin-3-one is a preservative associated with occupational asthma. Studies have shown BHT to be carcinogenic, hepatotoxic, tumorigenic, mutagenic, and teratogenic in animals as well as in human cells. Symptoms of exposure to the various kinds of sodium phosphate would range from mild to severe gastrointestinal effects (varying degrees of gastrointestinal irritation, abdominal pain/cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal discomfort, burning sensation), mild to severe respiratory symptoms. Trisodium Phosphate (TSP): Classified as "hazardous waste" under the European Waste Catalogue Ordinance (AVV) and as a hazardous substance on California Director's List of Hazardous Substances.
    • The plastic encapsulations (to carry and time-release the toxins) are small enough to remain suspended in the air for one year - and will be inhaled directly into the lungs. They are so small that it is impossible to expel them! One infant and one nine-year old girl with preexisting asthma almost died in Santa Cruz/Monterey county area in the first LBAM spraying that was done in October and November of 2007 from respiratory problems. The infant now has asthma.
    • In addition to the aerial assault spray program, they will be using permethrin on the ground (in your backyard). Permethrin is listed as "Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is also a reproductive toxin as well as a neurotoxin. It is known to kill monarch butterflies, aquatic animals, and believed to be seriously dangerous to bees.
    • From my research on autism and childhood health, there is great concern among parents that these neurotoxins, micro-plastics and other chemicals could highly damaging to children with autism, asthma, allergies, seizures, and other conditions.
    • Organic farms would be destroyed. All organic farm would be sprayed and poison their land for years if not decades.


    • Dr. James Carey, PhD and Professor of Entomology and specialist in invasion biology, strongly warns that eradication is impossible. In order to eradicate a bug you literally need to kill every last pair of moths. The moths span an extensive area covering 12 counties and 8,000-10,000 square miles. These moths travel only 400 feet over their lifespan and Carey believes an infestation of this size indicates that the moth has been around for possibly 30-50 years-certainly not the short period that government claims.
    • Pheromones, used to "disrupt mating" are ineffective in eradicating pests, according to Dr. Carey.
    • At the San Francisco Town Hall meeting, Carey stated that out of all of his Entomology colleagues, NONE believe eradication is possible!
    • Aerial application of pheromones will make less toxic ground traps (known to be effective) ineffective.
    • In fact, in New Zealand, when they sprayed pesticides in one of their pest-management programs, they actually made the LBAM problem significantly worse-as the spray killed all of the natural predators.


    • LBAM does little to no crop or plant damage! According to Dr. Carey, the LBAM is a minor pest.
    • LBAM is a leaf roller. It does not infect the fruit and does not damage the plants. Indeed, if it covers 10,000 square miles and no one ever saw the bug it clearly is not causing much (if any) damage. It was found accidentally in a trap by a retired entomologist.
    • Andrew Gutierrez, PhD, Professor, Division of Ecosystem Science at UC Berkeley states that the moth cannot survive in hot climates like the central valley's growing region and therefore is not a threat to farmers.
    • Australia, New Zealand, and other countries manage this pest with simple farming techniques such as biodiversity of crops and natural predators.
    • LBAM needs to be reclassified appropriately as a minor pest.
    • LBAM needs to be reclassified as a minor pest. It will cost $30-80 millions dollars of taxpayers money. Because it has been snuck in as an "emergency," the government will use Homeland Security funds, saving big business millions-at the expense of the people.

    What Do the Governmental Agencies Say?

    USDA Secretary Ed Schafer spoke out on March 25, 2008 in Sacramento and said, "Left unchecked, this moth could destroy more than $2 billion worth of California crops each year. Could destroy? NOTE: there has thus far been NO damage. Where is the destruction? This moth does not harm fruit or crops. Expert scientists and other developed countries that have experience with LBAM consider it a minor pest. Deception like this is highly concerning to the integrity of these governmental agencies and their programs.

    The approach CDFA and USDA have adopted - using pheromones to disrupt the moth's reproductive cycle -i s scientifically sound and environmentally sensitive. However, scientists such as Dr. Carrey state that the use of pheromones cannot eradicate a species.

    The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that insect pheromones are non-toxic and pose no threat to the environment or human health. The EPA does not have the best track record, but more importantly, without long term studies we cannot know the truth, and we already know that the "inert" ingredients, the 10 micron-sized plastic particles, and the permethrin in the ground program are known to be toxic.

    A.G. Kawamura, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, states (in response to the LBAM situation) "Let me be clear: As a public official, I am sworn to protect not just agriculture but also the public, the environment and the ecosystems that make California agriculture such a uniquely productive and sustainable resource. I take that responsibility seriously, and I vow to pursue only the safest, most environmentally friendly means available. Only if I failed to meet that public duty could my department be considered negligent." This is lip service. He has ignored the health complaints, pushed the spraying through without the legally required environmental impact assessment, and is willing to spray known toxic "inert" chemicals and untested pheromones on the state of California.

    The USDA and CDFA claim LBAM is an emergency. However, scientists say that the moth spreads at a very slow rate. Based on the large area the moth is found, it has been here for possibly decades and it is definitely NOT an emergency.

    The Real Motivation

    The real motivation may be that big agro-business ships internationally may be slightly limited in where they can ship their product. To reduce competition, we quarantined New Zealand crops because of the LBAM. Now, others may do that to us. However, many countries such as those in Europe do not have quarantine restrictions on LBAM.

    They claim the loss of review to the state to be significant but any loss in revenue due to exportation is minor in comparison to the organic farmers that will have their land and livelihood destroyed, the property values that are diminished because of damage or poisoning of the land, the lost revenue to business to sick days due to ill workers and their children, clean up efforts from the additional problems that are created, increased healthcare costs to thousands of families, $30-80M in taxpayer revenue for the spray program, and the value of human life and health!

    Ironically, economic burden that they fear from quarantine could be relieved up by down grading the pest's status to something more accurate and appropriate.

    Money is the real motive. By declaring it an emergency and getting their "buddies" in Washington D.C. and CDFA to go along with it, big agro-business gets to keep 100% of their profits AND get someone else to pay. All so they can maximize profits and minimize expenses.

    Watch this great video below with concerned businessman Foster Gamble, who looked into the money trail behind LBAM.

    Take Action!

    We must stop the spray!!! Every single citizen should stand up against this! This issue reflects the greatest invasion into our lives - an absolutely unjustified stripping of our constitutional rights, human rights, and health freedom.

    While the spray has been halted temporarily in Santa Cruz county because the judge ruled it was not an emergency and an environmental impact report needs to be completed. While this is a short term win, this is not enough.

    There will not be long term studies and without an unbiased committee the results are likely to come back in their favor to spray. This is not enough! We need to let government officials know:

    • LBAM should be appropriately downgraded to minor pest status-as it is in other countries and as expert entomologists know. This is the key argument. With a lower (more appropriate) status, this "emergency spraying" would not move forward.
    • We will not accept choosing economic gain of large corporations and government "back scratching" AT THE EXPENSE OF THE HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE!
    • Spraying will not work and will only make it worse!

    Sign both petitions:
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Aerialsprayingmu ststop/?e
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop- fumigation-of-citizens-without-their-consent-in- california

    Join California Alliance to Stop the Spray email list to stay informed of actions:
    https://app.expressemailmarketing.com/ Survey.aspx?SFID=42147

    Find and join your local area chapter of StoptheSpray.org. StoptheSpray.org

    Write to or call Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Currently Governor Schwarzenegger is planning on moving forward with the spraying, but has the power to stop the aerial spraying.
    Governor Schwarzenegger Contact Page

    Contact Representative Nancy Pelosi.
    If you are in Pelosi's district, urge her to make the reclassification of the light brown apple moth her top priority, as the health and lives of MILLIONS of Californians hang in the balance. As Speaker of the House, she has the power to do something:
    Call her at (415) 556-4862
    District Office - 450 Golden Gate Ave. - 14th Floor - San Francisco, CA 94102;
    E-mail her here.

    If you are in another district, find your representative's contact information here:

    Contact Your Senator:
    Ask them not to fund this USDA program.
    Senator Barbara Boxer

    Senator Dianne Feinstein

    Resources and Informational Tools

    StoptheSpray.org: StoptheSpray.org

    California Alliance to Stop the Spray: CASSonline.org

    LBAMspray.com Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) Treatment Program: A

    Humerous SUMMARY of this IMPORTANT matter.....

    LBAM Spray Interviews by Julie and Martin

    LBAM Coverage

    Because of the significance of this matter and large outcry from citizens and friends of Healthful Living, we decided to cover this issue on our Reality Sandwich Radio program. Michelle Darby, a concerned mom with the California Alliance to Stop the Spray (CASS) - San Francisco Chapter, worked with us to coordinated TWO programs and several expert guest to inform us.

    Listen to our radio show from May 1st, where we interviewed Paul Schramski, State Director of Pesticide Watch, and Dr. James Carey, PhD and Professor of Entomology and specialist in invasion biology.


    Our second program on May 8th included Nan Wishner, Chair of the City of Albany Integrated Pest Management Task Force, Dr. Andrew Gutierrez, Professor, Division of Ecosystem Science at UC Berkeley, Frank Egger, Former Mayor of Fairfax and author of the first city-wide no pesticide ordinance


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