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California Secretary of Agriculture Kawamura visits Alameda to defend moth spray program

At last night’s city council meeting—after a brief presentation on California’s strategy to control the Light Brown Apple Moth—a couple of dozen Alameda citizens stepped up to challenge the plan to spray an as-yet-unformulated concoction on Bay Area cities and towns.

While the politics of the situation are intriguing—the ‘emergency’ which allows government agencies to sidestep normal health and safety requirements, the fact that the manufacturer of the synthetic pheromones is a Schwarzenegger campaign donor, and, too, that the state recently had to cancel a $500,000, no-bid PR contract to promote the spray—the basic facts remain the same: Continue Reading

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Presentation on Light Brown Apple Moth at tomorrow’s Alameda City Council meeting

At tomorrow night’s city council meeting, representatives from California’s Department of Food and Agriculture will present their plans to control the spread of the Light Brown Apple Moth—a plan which includes the aerial spraying of synthetic pheromones three to five nights a month for five years. I wrote about the moth a couple weeks ago, and you can read that post here.

The moth item is high on the agenda, so it should be addressed pretty early. And you can always watch on cable from the comfort of your own home.