We all love eating strawberries, but are they safe for our health?
Even 90% of strawberries are produced in California, and most of the crops are loaded with toxic chemicals. Chloropicrin have been applied to strawberries, but its use increased even more in recent years as an alternative to methyl bromide. US EPA in 2008, reapproved chloropicrin as safe for use in agricultural settings and that both consumers and growers can have benefits from it.
Many farmers inject chloropicrin into the soil of almons, strawberries, rasberries and other valuable crops. However, is has been found that this chemical can cause various serious health illnesses including cancer, endocrine disruption, respiratory damage, neurological problems, etc.
As a chemical warfare agent it is a powerful irritant from the group of pulmonary agents. It also causes vomiting, lachrymation, bronchitis, and pulmonary edema; the lung injury can be fatal.
Chloropicrin has benn used as a soil fumigant since 1920, but now, the EPA classifies it as a class I toxin. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention, chloropicrin is an irritant with characteristics of a tear gas, manufactured as a chemical warfare during Worl War I.
Armies used it as an agent of chemical warfare during the war. Thic chemical penetrated the gas masks which make the soliders to vomit, forcing them to remove their masks. Once they remove their masks, they became vulnerable to many other, even more hamrful gases.
This pesticide is used as a fumigant that kills bacteria, insects and weeds. According to some researches, it can cause cancer in rats and mice.
The EPA’s website says, “In rats that received subcutaneous injections, subcutaneous sarcomas and pulmonary metastases were reported. An increased incidence of lung tumors was reported in mice exposed to high levels of methyl iodide by intraperitoneal injection.” (Source: EPA.gov)
Margaret Reeves, PhD, senior sicientist with Pesticide Action Network, says that the names like methyl bromide, Telone and chloropicril, are fumigants that are associated with many health issues like cancr, hormone disruption and developmental problems in children.
The soil science expert also says: “We have waited far too long for action; California and federal officials need to create a clear roadmap to phase the use of these chemicals out of all agricultural production by 2020.”
Try to avoid any non-organic strawberries and make sure to purchase only organic from trusted companies in order to prevent some of the above mentioned diseases.