The California Department of Agriculture is set to spray the Bay Area for the Light Brown Apple Moth which feeds on leaves and fruit. I don't do too many action posts, but I find it concerning that after the spraying this year in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties there were 600 reports of "health illnesses." Californians DO have the right to refuse aerial spraying. Please join the more than 8,000 people who have signed this petition to help stop the spraying.
The products used for the aerial spray, Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate LBAM-F, may contain polypropylene polybenzyl isocyanate, or PPI. PPI is an isocyanate which is listed as a "hazardous agent" by the National Institutes of Health because it irritates skin and breathing passages at high concentrations.  The EPA claims that this chemical is not used in the proposed spray, but the manufacturer's refusal to publish the ingredients based upon the claim that such ingredients are trade secret has led many critics to believe that the EPA is covering up the presence of this chemical.
There are alternatives to spraying, including twist-ties impregnated with the same pheromone in the spray, though this is a more expensive, labor-intensive approach. As the old adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention so I can only hope that by blocking the spraying, a safer alternative will be developed.
The aerial spraying has been ordered by the Secretary of Agriculture, and due to a declared "state of emergency," representatives and residents are currently legally powerless to stop this. The legitimacy of this so-called "emergency" is uncertain; the moth poses no risk to human health but rather a contested threat to certain crops and plants.
Yet, government agencies approving the plan admit that the pesticide could pose a threat to some people, stating " not all health effects can be predicted and because the general population includes susceptible (people), such as children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases, we cannot provide a definitive cause for their symptoms [experienced after the spraying in Santa Cruz and Monterey]."