Strawberries are one of those foods that I always buy organic. First, I've seen conventional strawberry fields and I've seen organic strawberry fields, and the organic ones suit me better. Second, I know how quickly strawberries soak up liquid in the kitchen, so I can only imagine what happens when they are "sprayed" with chemicals.
So I was very happy to read that Monterey County has banned the use of the fumigant methyl iodide, a known carcinogen. This ban, along with the one in Santa Cruz county right next door to Monterey, could lead the state of California to re-examine the use of methyl iodide state-wide.
This isn't just good news for strawberry lovers in California, either. As the article explains, 80% of the nation's strawberry crop is grown in California, and half of that crop comes from the Monterey-Santa Cruz area.
As a local foods advocate those numbers just made me think that we have too many of our eggs in the Central Coast basket and many people are in desperate need of more locally grown strawberries!