Methyl Bromide till 2015/

Jill Taylor Bussiere jdt at itol.com
Thu Jun 15 09:39:02 EDT 2000


Hugh,
    Is this the substance that is used on strawberries?   Can you tell what
it is used for, on what fruits and vegetables, and if there are any other
ill effects besides the sterilization of the soil?  Or some relevant web
sites?

                Thanks,
                        Jill
----- Original Message -----
From: Hugh Lovel <uai at alltel.net>
To: market farming <market-farming at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 7:58 AM
Subject: Methyl Bromide till 2015/


> The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association sent me a letter (
> "Legislative Alert") trying to enlist my support in an effort to lobby
> congress to extend the use of Methyl Bromide in agriculture until the year
> 2015. However, I happen to be opposed to this and feel others who might
> oppose this ought to be alerted to this attempt to extend Methyl Bromide's
> use beyond the current deadline of 2005. Here, for your information, is my
> response. Those from other states need to respond to their own
> congressional delegations.
>
> Best wishes,
> Hugh Lovel
>
>
>
> 6-15-00
>
>
> Senator Max Cleland Senator Paul D. Coverdell
> 461 Senate Dirksen Building 200 Russell Senate Office Building
> Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510-1004
>
> Jack Kingston Sandford Bishop
> 1034 Longworth House Office 1433 Longworth House Office
> Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
>
> Mac Collins Cynthia McKinney
> 1131 Longworth House Office 124 Cannon Building
> Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
>
> John Lewis John Isakson
> 343 Cannon House Office 2428 Raburn House Office
> Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
>
> Bob Barr Saxby Chambliss
> 1207 Longworth House Office 1019 Longworth House Office
> Washington, DC 20515-4611 Washington, DC 20515
>
> Nathan Deal Charlie Norwood
> 2437 Raburn House Office 1707 Longworth House Office
> Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
>
> John Linder Vice President Al Gore/White House
> 2447 raburn House Office 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
> Washington, DC 20515-1011 Washington, DC 20500
>
>
>
> Hugh Lovel, Director,
> Union Agricultural Institute
> 8475 Dockery Road
> Blairsville, Georgia 30512
>
> Ph:  706 745 6056,
> Fx: 706 745 4499
> e-mail: uai at alltel.
>
> June 15, 2000
>
>
> Dear Georgia Senators, Congresspeople and Vice President Gore,
>
> Attached is a "Legislative Alert" I received from the Georgia Fruit
> and Vegetable Growers Association advocating extending the use of Methyl
> Bromide in agriculture. I am both a vegetable and fruit grower AND an
> agricultural researcher and though I will refrain from using expletives, I
> must protest the use of methyl bromide as deplorable, irresponsible and
> horrendous. Methyl bromide is a soil sterilant whose use merely
exacerbates
> the problems facing agriculture and postpones the day when responsible
> solutions to agricultural challenges will be put to use.
>
> While the industries which produce methyl bromide and the growers
> who use it will understandably experience some transitional difficulties,
> the 2005 deadline for its phaseout is generous and adequate if these folks
> have a clear signal they must look for alternatives. Please give everyone
> that signal. Methyl Bromide is one of the most dangerous and destructive
> chemicals in use in agriculture today. Its use should have ceased long
> before this, and 2005 can hardly come soon enough to staunch the
> environmental and agricultural degredation this chemical causes. Please
> listen to someone who has long researched this problem and who has
> alternatives to offer farmers when they wake up and listen.
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
> Hugh M. S. Lovel, Director
> Union Agricultural Institute
> Blairsville, Georgia 30512
>
> Attachments:
> 1. Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association "Legislative Alert"
> 2. The Soil Food Web, ACRES, U.S.A., April 2000, Volume 30, Number 4
>
>
>
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