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E-M:/ Methyl Bromide and Michigan farmers



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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Three Michigan agricultural entities are seeking a special exemption
from EPA to use methyl bromide, a highly toxic pesticide
that is also notable as a stratospheric toxicant.....destroys
ozone in the ozonosphere that protects against ultraviolet
light.

Michigan Solanaceous Crop Growers   [tomatos, peppers and eggplant]
up to 113,203 lbs/year of methyl bromide on 2887 acres

Michigan Cucurbit Growers [watermelon, muskmelon, cucumber, summer squash, 
winter squash]
up to 62,147 lbs/year of methyl bromide

Michigan Seedline Growers Association
up to 20, 160 lbs/year of methyl bromide

This is all couched as "critical uses" for exemption purposes.

Apparently these guys cannot figure out how to grow
melons and tomatoes without killing off the
earth's protective ozone layer.....this doesn't sound
like "sustainable agriculture" to me.

The golf people want the same exemption nationwide...apparently, in
order to play golf, you have to kill off the upper atmosphere also.....

More details at
http://www.epa.gov/ozone/mbr/cue_summaries.html

and

http://www.salon.com/politics/feature/2003/01/31/golf/index.html



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Alex J. Sagady & Associates  http://my.voyager.net/~ajs/sagady.pdf

Environmental Enforcement, Technical Review, Public Policy and
Communications on Air, Water and Waste/Community Environmental Protection

PO Box 39,  East Lansing, MI  48826-0039
(517) 332-6971; (517) 332-8987 (fax); ajs@sagady.com
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