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The CDFA'S LBAM Eradication Program is Not Safe, Not Effective, and Not Necessary!

Listen to the 8 minute audio announcing the
Final EIR and learn about the dates and process.

CDFA uses classic bait and switch. They tell us there are no plans to aerial spray so they can pacify the people and put them back to sleep. YET when confronted they admit at any time they can switch their plans and choose to aerial spray- even aerial spray populated areas!

The Final EIR was released February 17, 2010.

can be certified as soon as March 4, 2010
USDA’s Classification of LBAM Under Attack from the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council
The council found that the USDA "APHIS response
would greatly benefit from the use of more robust
science to support its position,
" writes chair May Berenbaum

Read the CDFA's Draft EIR and read our sides' comments to their EIR

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" We will not know the true level of the threat until the radiation particles emitted as a result of the three explosions that devastated Fukushima hits the west coast over the weekend and into Monday. The fact that authorities have completely failed to point this out suggests they are actively trying to whitewash the threat that the fallout poses to Americans." - infowars

"U.S. Government Cannot Be Trusted On Radiation Plume"

radiation real time



Alex Jones Speaking in Santa Cruz !!

Sunday October 24th & Monday October 25th, 7PM
At The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom,
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street Santa Cruz, CA

Tickets are only $10.80 buy them at:

March 24, 2010

To: Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture
Regarding: CDFA's Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) eradication program
From: Citizens for Health


February 17, 2010

LBAM PRogram set to resume as soon as early as March 2010. The Final Environmental Impact Report was released February 17, 2010


February 26, 2010 it been released to the public.

Read Stop the Spray East Bay and Pesticide Watch press release about the CDFA Final EIR
A recently released portion of the long-awaited light brown apple moth (LBAM) Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) confirms that aerial pesticide spraying over populated areas, including large portions of Marin, Sonoma, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties, is still an option..." Read More

CDFA's press release about the final EIR.


The CDFA's claims that there are no "significant" or
"unavoidable" impacts from any of their proposed program actions.

Listen to 8 minute audio of the CDFA's statements about their program

November 26, 2009

Santa Cruz sees drastic decline in the Monarch Butterfly. Sentinel reports. Hmm.. Wonder if the aerial pesticide spray for LBAM hurts butterflies? - Read reports on that issue.

"FRAUD AND DECEPTION: THE CDFA LBAM ERADICATION PROGRAM A Detailed Description of Management Strategy Fraud" Prepared For The People by Professor Glen Chase

ONE-DAY DEMOCRACY SCHOOL: stand up for your rights.
San Francisco  Sat., Nov. 7
contact: - 415-575-5540
Santa Cruz  Sun., Nov. 8
contact: 831-425-3365

 More info


CDFA Attorney Warns CDFA:
Don't Attend Senate LBAM Hearing on 8/25/09 attorney concerned about potential litigation" and worries about "self incrimination".
- -
California Legislature Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture,
Senator Dean Florez, Chairman. "Evaluating the Sufficiency
of CDFA's LBAM Environmental Impact Report

Thanks EON

Watch the Watsonville PEIR Hearing
airtimes on Channel 27 and 73: 
10/26/2009 at 2:00 PM
Santa Cruz Community TV

October 20. 2009

Sonoma Action

Tuesday's Sonoma Farmers' Market (Plaza on the Square, intersection of Broadway and E. Napa Street) on October 20, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 pm. to demonstrate against the LBAM eradication program and show support for farmers. Tabling and leafleting throughout the Plaza will also be going on then and after 6:15pm...

Signs and banners will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Please RSVP if you need a sign at


October 1, 2009

Thank you everyone for submitting comments and questions to the CDFA's EIR Draft!

September 28, 2009

Deadline Submit questions for the Draft EIR
Monday, Sept 28, 2009 - 5pm

email submissions to:
and a copy to:

September 25, 2009

Deadline Submit questions for the Draft EIR
Monday, Sept 28, 2009 - 5pm

email submissions to:
and a copy to:

Watch Watsonville CDFA's Draft EIR
Public Comment session.

September 18, 2009

Legal Action Fundraiser
September 19, 2009
Food, Music, and Special Guests
This legal team has had some of the best
success in stopping the CDFA

"Monterey to send state letter opposing moth eradication"
The Monterey County Herald Herald Staff Report

September 14, 2009

National Research Council gives F to the USDA LBAM eradication program!

National Academy of Science via National Research Council reviews USDA's
response to the reclassification petitions.Press Release and then Read their full review.

Pesticide Watch & Stop the Spray East Bay Response Press Release to the National Research Council evualation of the USDA - APHIS denying the reclassification petition.

FYI - The USDA told all of us they hired the NAS to review the reclassification petition when in fact the USDA actually told the NAS to review the USDA’s response to the petition and to NOT review the scientific merits of reclassifying LBAM.

September 11, 2009
Communications from Roy Upton, Assemblymember Jared Huffman and Senator Mark Leno, and the National Academy of Science (NAS) about the reclassification petition. The USDA told all of us they hired the NAS to review the reclassification petition when in fact the USDA actually told the NAS to review the USDA’s response to the petition and to NOT review the scientific merits of reclassifying LBAM.  Follow up and MOST IMPORTANT communications from the NAS.

A response to the CDFA's annual LBAM report. By Roy Upton

"LBAM no worse than leaf roller" Roy Upton exposes berry dammage scam.

CDFA'S 2008 Report To The Legislature: The Light Brown Apple Moth Program - This is where the CDFA admits they cannot even positively identify LBAM with their DNA tests!!! Last line on page 12.

candle Monterey was attacked with undisclosed
biochemical from the CDFA on this date in 2007.
It started on the 9/9 and ended on 9/11/07

September 10, 2009 Whitewashing the Moth?- Opponents of the government's war on the light brown apple moth are worried that the National Academy of Sciences may effectively endorse more aerial spraying. (backup)


"potential health effects associated with the use of (1) five different LBAM-specific pheromone treatment formulations for aerial or ground treatment: HERCON Disrupt Bio-Flake® LBAM (HERCON), SPLAT LBAM™ (SPLAT), and Isomate®-LBAM Plus (Isomate) as the three proposed pheromone formulations of primary interest for the eradication Program, as well as two microcapsule formulations CheckMate®" pg 24 they claim they don't plan on using it but they evualate it so if they change their mind they can or change the formula.

Aerial Spray Alert South Miami-Dade County, Florida on Sept 1- 3, 2009.
Air Force Aerial Sprays South Miami-Dade Sept 1- 3, 2009 during the final two daylight hours prior to sunset and up to 30 minutes after sunset. They will spray Dibromalso known as Naled. more:

Dibromals known as Nale "Toxicity to humans, including carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity." August 27, 2009 Santa Cruz, Ca USA

Monday, August 31
CDFA will be holding public hearings
for the EIR from 5:30-7:30pm on:

Monday, August 31, Watsonville (Map)

August 30, 2009
Debunking the CDFA's EIR Program Description

August 27, 2009

Ask our reps. to ask the CDFA to ADD a Draft EIR comment hearing in Santa Cruz, a location which was sprayed in 2007. Watsonville was not sprayed!

Senator Simitian's Sac. : 916-651-4011 (most likely to have the power to get hearing in SC)
Assemblymember Monning : 916-319-2027
Senator Maldonado: 916- 651-4015

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Mark W. Stone: (831) 454-2200 e-mail:
Neal Coonerty : (831) 454-2200 e-mail:
Ellen Pirie: (831) 454-2200 e-mail:
John Leopold:(831) 454-2200 e-mail:
Santa Cruz City Council: (831) 420-5020 e-mail:


Scientists: Save the moth; Entomologists say eradication is impossible, unnecessary- By WES SANDER Capital Press (be sure to read the comments)

Critics decry apple moth options; Farm groups back methods to fight pest at Sonoma hearing By ROBERT DIGITALE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT veiw comments from "xtrvvcd"

EPA Fails to inform public about pesticide in drinking water. Huffington Post Investigative Fund (non LBAM pesticide news)

August 26, 2009


Rumor has that the CDFA lawyers had advised them not to speak for fear of self incrimination. You know a program is so bad when the CDFA attorney has to advise the CDFA not to speak and plead the fifth!! THE PRESS DEMOCRAT reports "Department officials didn’t attend, saying in a statement that testifying “could pre-judge the issues” before the completion of the environmental reporting process."

Bug experts: Calif. moth eradication effort wasted, By TRACIE CONE Associated Press Writer (backup)

August 18, 2009

"USDA Funds TV Ads: Warns California About Ag Pests & LBAM"

Videos - California Ag Pests & LBAM (TV Ads):

It is time we ran our own TV Ads! DONATE NOW

August 13, 2009

Can you go to one of the hearing in another city? Email us!

Keep up to date with events and actions with our community calendar of events.

August 8, 2009

As part of the EIR process, CDFA will also be holding "public listening sessions" on the following days, in the following locations, from 5:30-7:30pm.

August 19, Long Beach/ August 20, Carpenteria/ August 24, Fresno
August 25, Sacramento/ August 26, Sonoma/ August 31, Watsonville
September 1, Oakland

"Apple moth plan up in the air" Herald Staff Writer By JULIA REYNOLDS- Pay special attention the comments below the article.
July 30/31, 2009
CDFA's Environmental Impact Report will be released tomorrow 7/31/09 and to no surprise, they concluded that their LBAM eradication program including the aerial spraying that made so many sick and killed so many birds, had no negative impacts. Listen to 8 minute audio of the CDFA's statements about how great their program is.
We need you to sign up and be a part of the EIR Action Team. We will need to organize so we can challenge their negative impact declaration.
EIR Overview Process

Title 14. California Code of Regulations Chapter 3. Guidelines for Implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act Article 7. EIR Process Scoping and public comments.

Listen to public comments for the EIR on February 21, 2008 for Environmental Impact Report in Santa Cruz.
Part 1 |
>Part 2 |
Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11

Remember last year and the start of the EIR process by the CDFA.

July 24, 2009

Call for membership on CDFA Organic Advisory Committee

Sonoma LBAM Forum: Watch 

Steve Volker comments to EA for USDA program for Sterile Moth Program

July 14, 2009


Review of U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Response to Petitions to Reclassify the Light-Brown Apple Moth as a Non-Actionable Pest

"National Academy of Sciences is finally reviewing LBAM reclassification, though it looks like they may only be reviewing the "response" by USDA-APHIS to the petition, but not the petition itself.

Below are the details about the project, followed by the list of people to be on the review committee (for which there are 12 days left to give feedback), followed by information about their second meeting on July 23. The first meeting was apparently yesterday, July 9. Feedback on the project itself is open for the duration of the review, which is supposed to continue for 3 months." by Isis - Thanks Isis!

July 15, 2009

"SANTA CRUZ -- An effort to eradicate the light brown apple moth by introducing sterile males into the population is doomed to failure and will waste millions of taxpayer dollars. That's according to UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Director Daniel Harder and UC Davis entomologist James Carey." By DONNA JONES for the Santa Cruz Sentinel

Letter to National Academy of Sciences by Roy Upton, Registered Herbalist Executive Director, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Vice-President, American Herbalists Guild

June 9, 2009
Agricultural officials strongly recommend local farmers attend one of two remaining meetings this month that address the growing number of list until the state completes an environmental review, which is expected in June.

We need you to sign up and be a part of the EIR Action Team. We will need to organize so when the EIR is finished it we can challenge it.

May 30, 2009

The treasons Sonoma County Board of Supervisors signors the US and CA constitution and actually issues a letter to the state begging them to hurry up and spray them! Read the letter that they was sent to CDFA.
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

May 25, 2009
"Plaintiffs Win Pesticide Fight; Feds Withdraw LBAM Sprays" By Richard Brenneman

May 14, 2009
"Science needs to take a stronger lead in setting future food and energy policy, California Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura told a gathering of the energy community Wednesday."

May 12, 2009

EPA pulls 2 moth pesticides; more in pipeline

"Larry Hawkins said no new pheromone will be selected until the state completes an environmental review, which is expected in June.

We need you to sign up and be a part of the EIR Action Team. We will need to organize so when the EIR is finished it we can challange it.

You’re invited to Sen. Joe Simitian’s 5th annual Open House and Ice Cream Social to discuss issues of concern to the community. Join the conversation on legislation that affects you. 
Thursday, May 21st
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Santa Cruz County Government Center
701 Ocean Street, Room 318A in Santa Cruz

May 5, 2009
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously sell out the people and bows down to kiss the feet of big Ag! Read update - you would be suprised who attended that meeting. Look at the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors' orders.

The treasonist Sonoma County Board of Supervisors ignors the US and CA constitution and actually issues a letter to the state begging them to hurry up and spray them!
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Let them know how you feel about them spitting on the US Constitution and all the laws they have voilated.

April 29, 2009
Join the Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign

ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION (OCA) publishes article on ERRORS FOUND IN GOVERNMENT REPORTS ON Toxic Danger of Pesticides Used in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties against the Light Brown Apple Moth.

"USDA to test sterile moth release, possibly in Carneros"

April 16, 2009

Take Action write a letter ASAP in support of SB 759 (Leno). Not a perfect bill to stop spraying, but starts lifting the veil off "inert" ingredients--everyone deserves to know what is in aerial pesticides!
More Info. Here   Sample Letter Here

April 15, 2009

The actual warrent used to spray people' homes and private property on March 27, 2009 for the Gypsy Moth.

April 14, 2009


April 7, 2009

The West Marin Mosquito Control Coordinating Council (WMMCCC) discussed the letter that the Mosquito Control District sent out to everyone about their plans to spray people and their private property for Mosquito Control. WARNING - DO NOT SIGN THE LETTER, you may be signing your rights away- if we have any rights left!

"West Nile virus cases were overstated across the U.S. in 2008" in some cases more than 35%.
Roy Upton on the Damage from CDFA's LBAM spraying. What happened during the first spraying upto the current petitions to stop the LBAM Program.

Tom Kerns PhD, international expert on human rights volations from aerial spraying speaks on the CDFA's LBAM program.
Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2

March 28, 2009

CDFA spits on our US Constitutional Saturday March 28th, and got a court order and forced residents to have their properties sprayed with Btk.
Pesticide Free Ojai Valley youtube links concerning the spraying of Dipel in the Ojai Valley.

March 18, 2009
LBAM Crop Quarantine, Sonoma County - The Huge Lie
March 17, 2009

USDA gears up for new LBAM eradication effort (back up)
By Donna Jones - Sentinel Staff Writer

"New quarantine zones are added for light brown apple moth" -
Mercury News backup
Actual CDFA Press Release on 3/16/09
Californians Deliver Fruit & Flowers to Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Demand End to Wasteful Multimillion-Dollar Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) Program, Seek Science-Based Policies, End to Farmer Quarantines


Documents from Stephen Volker vs Steven L. Johnson, Administrator, United States Environmental Protectinve Agency AND United States Environmental Protectinve Agency Court Case:

Plaintiffs' Supplemental Opposition to Defendants' Administrative Motion to File Under Seal Limited Portions of the Answer; Declaration of Counsel read

Plaintiffs' Motion to File Supplemental Opposition to Defendants' Administrative Motion to File Under Seal Limited Portions of the Answer; Declaration of Counsel and Proposed Order read

Joint Case Management Conference Statement and Proposed Order read

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Defendants' Administrative Motion to File Under Seal Limited Portions of Answer read


This excerpt from, Nature Wars By Mark L. Winston, lays out quite clearly some of the reasons why Sterile Insect Release is a hopeless waste of taxpayer money. Read pages 87-99 CDFA Playing God;
Major Monterey County is gearing up for a huge influx of light brown apple moths – in an effort to get rid of them.

LBAM Eradication Program is
Not Safe, Not Effective, and Not Necessary!

Moss Landing scientists ready for their moths
Carmel Pine Cone of Friday, Feb. 27
A new effort to eradicate the invasive light brown apple moth with- out the use of pesticides, state and fed- eral agriculture workers are gearing up for the arrival of thousands of the insects at a brand new facility in Moss Landing.
In a building across the street from the Dynegy power plant, researchers will raise male apple moths so they can be sterilized and released. The hope is that, with thousands of sterile moths distracting the females moths in agri- cultural areas of Monterey, Santa Cruz and other counties, the LBAM popula- tion will shrink, if not disappear. Six people who will work on the apple-moth-rearing operation are already at the facility. And in about two weeks, after securing a state permit to raise the insects, thousands of moths will be moved there.
"We have started to move in," said U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman Larry Hawkins. The insects, which will arrive in their larval stage, will be placed in sealed chambers where they will be raised to adulthood.
"The chambers allow us to control the temperature, light and humidity for the moths," Simmons said. Workers will then collect the moths with a vacuum hose and transfer them to refrigerated boxes.
The cold will put the insects into hibernation, in which they will remain during the sterilization process and until they are released.

Debunking UCSC's Associate Professor Raphael Kudela theory. by Roy Upton
Supporting documents:
Die-off of Seabirds After Aerial Spraying

Post-Spray Effects on Animals and PetsLight Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) Eradication Program: Potential Effects on Pollinators and Implications for California Agriculture


LBAM Reclassification Petition: Summary of Findings


OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ASKS COURT TO SUPPRESS IDENTITY OF HARMFUL CHEMICALS USED IN APPLE MOTH SPRAY - EPA has requested Judge Armstrong to prevent disclosure of the chemicals in the spray, claiming the manufacturer’s proprietary interest outweighs the public’s right to know.
Press Release
EPA's Administrative Motion to File Under Seal



CALIFORNIA INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL ANNOUNCED AT WORLD AG EXPO Coordinated Effort Will Help Guard Against Non-Native Species Statewide

Spraying opponents ask ag chief to delist moth
By LARRY PARSONS Herald Staff Writer

Read Lawsuit filed challenging EPA's unlawful exemption of the CheckMate pesticides from registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. PRESS RELEASE / COMPLAINT

Anti-spray group wants city to get toughPesticide Action Network PAN, is calling on USDA to reclassify LBAM so as to remove the requirement for emergency "eradication".

 Janurary 8, 2009

New ABC TV-Show highlights invasive pests. The program, “Homeland Security USA,” premieres on Tuesday, January 6 at 8 p.m. on ABC stations...Episodes will feature California’s airports and the measures taken by Customs and Border Protection officials to protect the state’s agriculture and commerce from invasive pests and diseases.
This series is an important reminder of the risk we face from invasive species introduced each day in California,” said CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura. “Whether it’s bats, exotic insects..."------

Janurary 7, 2009

Town Hall Meeting; Chemical Tresspass Ordinance Meeting Jan. 12th, 2009, 7:30pm Veterans Hall, Santa Cruz, CA



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CDFA'S 2008 Report To The Legislature
This is where the CDFA admits they cannot even positively identify LBAM with their DNA tests!!!
Last line on pdf page 14
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CDFA Changes Spray Plans

June 19, 2008

Laws Violated by the LBAM Eradication Program

List of Resolutions Passed By Cities/ Counties

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Report Exposes CDFA Disinformation!! Authors: Daniel Harder, Jeff Rosendale,

Aerial Spray Program violates 23 international human rights.


"Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) - ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND SOLUTIONS" by Foster Gamble


Review of Documented Complaints and 643 Complaints -Appendix


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