Watch the video above to find out more about chloropicrin, it's use in agriculture, how chloropicrin is used to clean the soil in farming, and why chloropicrin is essential to producing healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables right here in California!
Narrator: California farmers produce an abundance of healthy crops every day for the American consumer. Popular and tasty fruits and vegetables like strawberries, peppers, and nuts that are an important part of a healthy diet. To produce these healthy and disease free crops, farmers need clean soil. The most effective soil cleanser is a product called chloropicrin.
Dr. Husein Ajwa, Ph.D., University of California, Davis: Chloropicrin is applied into the soil usually through drip irrigation lines before a crop is planted to cleanse the soil of disease and pests.
Narrator: Is chloropicrin safe?
Miguel Ramos, Farmer: Chloropicrin has been used safely by California farmers for more than fifty years.
Dr. Jeanette J. Levenstein, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that chloropicrin is safe for use by farmers nationwide. They determined this after the results of a comprehensive 8 year study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not classify chloropicrin as a carcinogen. In fact, there are no valid studies that associate chloropicrin with any major health risks.
Narrator: Why do farmers use chloropicrin?
Miguel Ramos, Farmer: Consumers want healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. And chloropicrin helps me keep my soil clean from disease and pests. Without chloropicrin, the majority of my crop would fail and California consumers would lose the abundance of locally produced strawberries they have enjoyed for years.
Narrator: Without chloropicrin, hundreds of farms would close and thousands of jobs would be lost. Chloropicrin is not applied or sprayed onto crops. It's applied before a crop is planted. It's applied into the soil, under the cover of plastic tarps that are virtually impenetrable, as an extra safeguard. Currently, there are no viable alternatives to chloropicrin.
Dr. Husein Ajwa, Ph.D., University of California, Davis: But we are investing millions of dollars in research to look for ways to reduce or eliminate soil-borne disease and pests.
Dr. Jeanette J. Levenstein, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician: Consumers love to have fresh, locally produced foods. Especially healthy ones like California strawberries. And I think that most California consumers want to continue to count on great products like these being grown right here, in our own backyard, in California.
Narrator: For more information on chloropicrin, visit our website at www.chloropicrinfacts.org