State Ag Commissioner an “Unwelcome Intruder” in Berkeley

Berkeley and Oakland may join in Albany in opposing the use of aerial pesticides to combat the invasive Light Brown Apple Moth, the Oakland Tribune reports. At its regular Tuesday night meeting, the Berkeley council served state Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura notice that it opposes a proposal to spray airborne pheramones over urban portions of the East Bay this summer. State ag officials are worried that the invasive moth, an immigrant from Australia, may damage the state’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy. The Berkeley council voted eight to one to oppose the spraying and explore legal options to stop it.

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