Hey! Are you feelin’ ‘Buggy’ today?

Well folks doan really matter what you think about it……

Guess what? They are gonna do it right here…..To you!

From farleft we have the following:

*STOP AERIAL PESTICIDE SPRAYING!*

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced
plans to resume aerial pesticide spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth

(LBAM) in summer of 2008. The campaign began in 2007 in Santa Cruz and
Monterey counties using a synthetic pheromone along with other chemicals

encased in microscopic plastic capsules. CDFA will expand the program
to the San Francisco Bay Area with plans to continue spraying each month

for up to 5 years or indefinitely until the moth is eradicated.

*Bay Area INFORMATIONAL/ORGANIZING MEETINGS on LBAM spraying:*

Oakland: January 30, 7:30 PM, Oakland Center for Environmental Health, 528 61st Street, Suite A.

Albany: January 31, 8:00 PM, A lbany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. (part of Albany Green Party meeting)

San Francisco: February 11, 7:30 PM, Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, #8, Room A.

Berkeley: February 24, 5:00 PM, Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar, between Spruce and Arch *Hosted by* *StopTheSpray.ORG*

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE LBAM SPRAYING?

1) Hundreds of people in Santa Cruz and Monterey County have reported
adverse health reactions. The spray has not been tested for long-term
human toxicity and is being applied in microscopic plastic capsules
that could pose inhalation risks.

2) The spray contains ingredients that are highly toxic to aquatic
species, as well as surfactants, that might have contributed to algae
bloom (red tide) and the drowning of hundreds of waterfowl.

3) Biologists agree that the spraying – an outdated, unsustainable,
expensive pest control method – will not eradicate the moth. The CDFA
should switch to a con trol vs. an eradication program using least-toxic
methods that farmers already apply, e.g. pheromone traps or sticky ties.

4) CDFA itself says the moth has done no crop damage in California to
date. Priority must be given to public and environmental health and
safety over speculative economic loss.

5) The aerial spray program disproportionately impacts vulnerable
segments of the population, including those with the recognized
disability of multiple chemical sensitivity, who are in many cases
forced to relocate, and the homeless, who have no option to protect
themselves from spraying.

* *

Here’s a GOOD RESOURCE for correct information that has been vetted by
scientists and other activists: http://www.panna.org/resources/lbam

If you’re interested in getting involved in LBAM activism in the Bay
Area, a GOOD CONTACT PERSON is Paul Schramski, State Director of
Pestici de Watch in Sacramento (paul@pesticidewatch.org, 916.551.1883
office, 916.216.1082 mobile, www.pesticidewatch.org,
www.RefuseToUseChemLawn.org). Paul has been working with the folks in
Monterey and Santa Cruz counties and is supporting the growing work in
the bay area.

*WHAT CAN YOU DO?*

Sign the petition at www.stopthespray.org, get informed and become active!

** Contact the media: Newspapers, weeklies, radio and television stations – voice your concern.

** Ask Governor Schwarzenegger and CDFA secretary Kawamura to
stop the spray program and shift to sustainable methods of least-toxic
pest control.

** Ask your Assemblymember to support proposed legislation to
stop spraying without consent and safety data and to do whatever they
can to stop the spraying until legislation can be passed.

** Ask your federal Congressional representatives and Senators
to tell USDA to support safe pest control and to lift the USD A
quarantine of California crops from areas where the light brown apple
moth has been found.

CONTACT INFO. IS BELOW. THANK YOU!

Secretary A.G. Kawamura

Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture

1220 N Street, Suite 400

Sacramento, CA 95814

akawamura@cdfa.ca.gov

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

State Capitol Building

Sacramento CA 95814

Phone: 916-445-2841

Fax: 916-558-3160

http://www.governor.ca.gov/

Senator Dianne Feinstein

331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: 202-224-3841

Fax: 202-228-3954

http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/

Senator Barbara Boxer

112 Hart Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: 202-224-3553

Fax: 202-228-2382

http://www.boxer.senate.gov/

Senator Joe Simitian

State Capitol, Room 2080

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone*: *916-651-4011

Fax*: *916-323-4529

Senator.Simitian@sen.ca.gov

Assemblymember John Laird

State Capitol P.O. Box 942849

Sacramento, CA 94249-0027

Phone: 916-319-2027

Fax: 916-319-2127

Assemblymember.Laird@assembly.ca.gov

Representative Sam Farr

1221 Longworth House Office Bldg.

Washington, D.C. 20514

Phone: 202-225-2861

Fax: 202-225-6791

samfarr@mail.house.gov

Senator Abel Maldonado

590 Calle Principal

Monterey, CA 93940

Fax: 831-657-6320

Phone: 831-657-6315

senator.maldonado@sen.ca.gov

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