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California regulators clamp down on fumigant pesticides

Increasing restrictions and outright prohibitions on fumigants due to public health and environmental concerns are forcing California farmers to consider a future without them.

 
 

The latest action came last week when the state Department of Pesticide Regulation placed new limits on the fumigant, chloropicrin, the most heavily used pesticide in Santa Cruz County.

 
 

"Fumigants are not politically acceptable," said Tom AmRhein, vice president of Salinas-based Naturipe Berry Growers. But without them, "the price of strawberries is going to go up, production is going to go down."

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