Dark side of the strawberry: California’s strawberry industry is hooked on dangerous pesticides | Pesticide Action Network
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Dark side of the strawberry: California’s strawberry industry is hooked on dangerous pesticides

Paul Helliker had a job for Dow AgroSciences. 

As director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Helliker had allowed some growers to ignore the restrictions for a pesticide called 1,3-Dichloropropene, which the state believed caused cancer. 

The loophole was supposed to be temporary. Helliker gave Dow, the company that manufactures 1,3-D, and growers two years to come up with a plan to follow his department’s rules or to create new ones.

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