Hi Guys :wave:
This may sound like an April Fool's story, but I'm sorry to say it's not, and it's something that's turning my family's life upside down in California.
The California Dept. of Food and Agriculture intends to begin aerially spraying (from airplanes) 7 million people in the SF Bay Area beginning in August of this year. The cities set to be sprayed include places you may have visited: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Monterey and others. These urban populations will be sprayed every 30 days for an undisclosed number of years with a combination of known carcinogens, mutagens, synthetics and tumorigens encapsulated in microscopic particulate plastic spheres which lodge in the deep lung and remain there forever. It is a situation of chronic exposure to severe toxins.
The CDFA began spraying last year in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties and 643 families reported immediate side effects which are documented effects of the biochemicals in the spray including respiratory problems, primary asthma attacks, vomiting, chemical skin rashes, disorientation, listlessness, eye irritation, disruption of the menstrual cycle and recommencement of menstruation in menopausal women over the age of 65. Additionally, the rivers and Pacific ocean (the watershed) was horribly fouled with a huge yellow foam and the Monterey Bay experienced a red tide of never before seen proportions. More than 600 seabirds washed up dead on the beaches, dogs and cats had to be put to sleep because of respiratory failure and beekeepers and gardeners reported massive cases of confusion and death in honey bee colonies.
The local governments are desperately trying to protect the people and the environment from this state government agency. Both Santa Cruz and Monterey have lawsuits open against CDFA. Nearly all of the cities set to be sprayed have resolved that they absolutely do not want to be sprayed. There are 5 Bills and 1 Measure being presented in an attempt to stop the next program of spraying before it begins in June, but the CDFA continues to hide behind an outright lie that they are spraying a 'harmless pheromone' and that it's fine to do this. We have been told, "there is no vote."
As it turns out, our governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the pay of the spray manufacturer, Suterra LLC, the owner of which contributed some $150,000 to his political campaign. The CDFA's ag secretary was appointed by the governor and is also a financial contributer to him. Amongst them, they have managed to concoct a phony state 'emergency' because of a tiny, basically harmless moth called the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). They are getting massive millions in federal funding for the 'eradication' of this moth which is considered a completely negligible insect elsewhere in the world. Once upon a time, it was incorrectly classified as a Class A pest, so international trade penalties apply to regions where the moth is found. So, we're talking about money being at the root of this. Rather than correctly reclassify the moth, our government has decided to aerially spray a completely untested compound of chemicals on 7 million residents and the 315 million tourists who visit California annually. They were able to skip over the normal process of testing the chemicals and conducting an Environmental Impact Report because they declared this completely phony emergency.
As independent (not on the payola list) brilliant scientists from some of California's major Universities have stepped forward to prove, the LBAM has done zero damage to agriculture and has likely been here for decades and in New Zealand, it is kept completely in check by natural predators like birds, earwigs, bats, etc. The government is refusing to acknowledge this, and instead, has hired a notorious marketing firm to the tune of $500,000 to convince the public that it's okay to breathe carcinogens and plastic. Anyway, the bottom line is corruption and a total violation of our national and state constitution and the Nuremberg code which was established after WWII to prevent humans from ever being experimented upon again without their consent.
Not only don't they have our consent, we are outraged and all of the major newspapers in the state are covering this, uncovering the political corruption and downright deception that is creating this massive public health crisis in California. Of particular concern is that one of the chemicals in the spray is an endocrine disruptor that causes breast cancer. 3.5 million women will be sprayed with this and the Breast Cancer Fund is one of the groups trying to stop this. It's also completely illegal to test chemicals on children and pregnant women...a little baby nearly died last year in Santa Cruz from this...and we can expect miscarriages and birth defects to result from the spraying, in addition to cancers from the long-term repeat exposure to this stuff which remains in the air for 30-90 days after each spraying.
My husband and I are scared pretty much half to death about this, and in all of our non-work hours, we've been blogging about it at: http://www.veganreader.com
Here is a page of YouTube videos on the subject: http://youtube.com/user/LBAMspray
If you'd like to read more about this issue, LBAMSpray.com is the main organization fighting this, but because the plan is funded by the Feds (USDA), we are not feeling very hopeful about stopping this, despite the public and civic government protest. We have never faced a graver issue in California, and if we don't manage to stop this, I believe it's going to become a government policy to spray urban populations across the country from low-flying planes. It's terrifying.
If there is anything Cre8 members can think of for us to do in our efforts to protect human beings and our precious environment, I'd surely love to hear from you. My husband is on the verge of putting me in the car and driving the heck out of here, but our whole lives are here in California...all our loved ones, everything we know and the prospect of becoming a refugee running from state to state in front of airplanes is overwhelming for me. Anyhow, I thank you all for taking the time to read this and would appreciate your thoughts if you have any.
Edited by SEOigloo, 30 March 2008 - 05:11 PM.