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Ozone and Strawberries?

September 20, 2007

What could possibly strawberries and ozone depletion have in common? Under the UN Montreal Protocol the dangerous chemical methyl bromide which severely damages the ozone layer and is used to cheaply as a weedkiller in strawberry fields was supposed to be phased out by 2005. At a recent conference that has sought exemption from the ban has predictably been the United States under the grip of a powerful Strawberry lobby. While the rest of the entire developed world has applied for 1600 tonnes of this toxic methyl bromide exemptions the US alone has applied for a staggering amount of 6,500 tonnes.
So next time you you bite into that delicious juicy strawberry laced with methyl bromide, think. Cheers to the ozone.

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