LBAM report out: pheromones over Alameda

When I first heard of the light brown apple moth, I promised myself I’d never use the LBAM acronym—because who calls a little brown moth “LBAM?” It’s goofy. But there it is, up there in the headline, in all its space-saving goofiness.

The state has released its report on whether the spraying of Checkmate (synthetic moth pheromones in plastic ‘microcapsules’ for time release) in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties last fall caused illnesses. Chris Metinko’s story about the findings is here. It is no surprise that the state found there was not enough evidence to conclusively link the two events. They even complained about the quality of the data–which they made no effort to collect.

But what I’m looking for, as a person in the area slated to be sprayed in a few short months, is a report that proves they’re not linked, the symptoms and the spray.

Michele Ellson over at The Island has two new posts on the latest on the moth. It appears the response to the moth is the result of complex interactions between government agencies, agriculture lobbies, other nations and economic forces. More than anything it’s looking like it’s the state, more than the LBAM acronym, that’s goofy here.


  • http://www.veganreader.com Mim

    Dear Eve,
    Thank you so much for giving space on your blog to this.

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head in your post – where is the PROOF that the plastic encapsulated pesticide did not cause the harm?

    The answer is…there is no proof. OEHHA did not speak to one victim, one doctor. Rather, they satisfied themselves with remarking that the sickened residents didn’t format their documents in a good enough manner. Well, for one thing, these people were all ill at the time…and for another, it was only a matter of luck that they managed to find any way to report their illnesses.

    I have heard, now, from multiple people, that doctors refused to fill out the official reports and dismissed their pesticide poisoned patients…this is against the law.

    If it weren’t for Mike Lynberg, who started taking the reports himself, we’d have almost no documentation. Mike estimates that thousands were sickened by the spray.

    What I am trying to get answers to right now is whether the Bay Area cities are physically prepared to deal with a public health crisis. An article in the Sunday SF Chronicle exposed the terrible shape 9-1-1 emergency services are in in the City. How about in Alameda?

    If you’d like to see the article I wrote on this, it’s here:

    Yet, Kawamura keeps perjuring himself every time he opens his mouth, insisting we’ll all be safe. There are now countless articles and film clips documenting him saying pesticides are safe, which is in complete opposition to the warning labels on them. He needs to be divested of his position and tried for intentionally deceiving the public and causing untold harm.

    Thank you, again, so much for writing about this. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.stopthespray.org isabelle

    Please pass this on:

    Up for vote in the Agriculture Committee of the CA assembly are 4 bills and one resolution addressing the many problems with this ill-begotten plan to spray whole cities for a moth that does not seem to cause any harm (ask your famer on farmer’s market -even the CA Dept. of Food and Ag admits there has been no crop damage).
    One of the bills would actually give us a VOTE on the issue. Needless to say the AG committee serves big AG and will vote these bills down -unless we create massive public pressure tomorrow!

    Come to the big show-down in Sacramento:

    Wednesday, April 16

    10:00 AM take the bus FOR FREE from the Ferry Building (1 Ferry Building on the Embarcadero) in San Francisco
    12:30 PM press conference on the West steps of Capitol with Bay Area legislators
    1:30 PM Hearing Assembly Ag Committee, Room 4202, Capitol


    more info http://www.stopthespray.org