CongeladosNov. 2, 2011
Pesticida usado en frutillas enfrenta oposición
CONCERNS are mounting in the US over a new pesticide which is both highly effective and carcinogenic, The Californian reports.
Methyl iodide is chiefly foreseen for use on strawberries, and is due to replace methyl bromide, which is harmful to the ozone layer. The latter is due to be phased out entirely by 2015. Methyl iodide, meanwhile, was approved for use as a pesticide by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 2007, but has not yet been used in major strawberry producer California. This expensive, disease-prone fruit is usually grown in soil which has been fumigated and then covered with plastic sheets.