Originally published December 31 2007
Thousands Exposed to Poison by Government's
by Rami Nagel
(NewsTarget) Sometimes bad dreams do come true. My bad dream was that the
government issued quarantine, and forced everybody to be vaccinated for some
fake disease. In my dream, I took my family, and fled to the hills to avoid
Now, nine months later, this dream has come true. In an emergency, I
relinquished my rental contract and moved my pregnant partner and three and a
half year old daughter out of Santa Cruz, CA, to avoid being exposed to
potentially deadly chemicals.
The chemicals, known by their trade names as Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate LBAM-F,
have been sprayed via state owned airplanes in September and October in Monterey
County California. These same aerial chemicals, despite their known
health risks, were
sprayed on two nights (11-8, 11-9) over the people of Santa Cruz County. The
purpose of this spray is to control the mating habits of the light brown apple
moth (LBAM). The reason the moth needs to be controlled is due to the
possibility of 100 million dollars of damage (Realize that this figure is not a
fact, but based on a government guess).
Government's Pesticide Experiment Program
The California Department of Food and Agriculture's own doctor acknowledges, in
court documents, that aerial application of this chemical has not been tested.
Let me repeat this so you understand, chemicals are being sprayed on young
children, nursing mother's, people with
asthma, lung problems, heart
problems, the elderly, the
disabled, the homeless and the chemically sensitive - and this chemical
formulation has NEVER been tested on even a piece of dirt, let alone, humans.
The newly designed Faroes Statement, the consensus of over 200 scientists, calls
for a precautionary approach with respect to exposure of fetuses and children to
environmental toxins. The consensus is that exposure of fetuses or children to
chemicals can cause increased susceptibility to disease and disability later in
life. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
has specific directives and codes that state that they should not experiment
with pesticides on
pregnant women, or infants. It is a fact, since this aerial pesticide has
not been proven to control the moth's mating habits and has not been proven safe
to animals or humans, that this is an experiment.
In Monterey, approximately 100,000 residents were exposed to untested chemicals
to control the mating habits of less than 750 moths. In Santa Cruz County, over
100,000 residents will be exposed between 11/06/07 – 11/09/07 to untested
chemicals to control the mating habits of less than 9,000 moths. This is not a
one time application, but will continue monthly beginning again in February, for
nine months, and then repeated for up to a total of three years. Again, this
program designed to eradicate the moth at best will only control the moth's
mating habits; it will not eliminate the moth. At worst, the program will be
ineffective, cost tax payers millions of dollars, and cause permanent disability
to residents and their pets. All this harm is over a little moth that has yet to
cause even $1 of damage in California.
Did you know that each aerial application of Checkmate OLR-F and
Checkmate LBAM-F costs approximately $3.5 million and that $3 million is paid
directly to the manufacturer Suterra, LLC of Bend, Oregon?
The projected expense of this eradication "attempt" will cost tax payers over
$70 million dollars just to spray Monterey and Santa Cruz counties the proposed
9 times. These monthly sprays are already scheduled for next year to begin in
March. The California Department of Food and Agriculture has created a map which
shows the spray area to grow and encompass various portions of the entire
San Francisco Bay
Area, click on the Central Coast (www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/PDEP/lbam/maps.html)
. The United States EPA has authorized an emergency permit which could allow the
CDFA to aerially spray the state of California until the year 2010. This Light
Brown Apple Moth Eradication could cost California tax payers more than $500
million dollars when all is said and done, which is five times the projected
amount of losses to the agricultural industry if the moth were to infest the
state. Ridiculous and frivolous spending on untested, unproven and toxic methods
of "attempted" pest eradication are unacceptable actions taken by Governor
and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. This is not a state plan,
but is a plan that is sponsored, endorsed, and largely funded by the EPA and
Documented and Undocumented Pesticide Damage to Humans
While the moth may cause an estimated $100 million of crop damage, one cannot
put a price tag on the damage that Checkmate's chemicals cause to humans. In
Monterey County, the first county in California to be sprayed with Checkmate OLR-F
and Checkmate LBAM-F, documented affidavits show that citizens got sick, ill or
suffered life threatening reactions to the toxic spray. One infant in the City
of Monterey nearly died from inhalation of the experimental biochemical, and now
has permanent lung damage. Dozens of women in cities throughout the Monterey
Peninsula are reporting problems with their reproductive systems after exposure
to the pesticide, including: sudden, severe and irregular menstrual cycles,
extreme cases of tender and swollen breasts, and the recurrence of menopause
symptoms in older women. Other
side effects of both
Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate LBAM-F include: asthma and sudden breathing
difficulties, chest pain,
vomiting, lethargy, fatigue, and extreme mood swings. Some people have
coughed up blood and have gotten bloody noses from Checkmate exposure.
If you are familiar with chemical exposure, then there is something to note
which is of great alarm. If you have ever smelled paint, bleach, or something
toxic like that, it takes a significant and potent amount of the chemical to
make one sick. It is not typical that such small and minute amounts of chemicals
can cause such severe damage as described above. The explanation for the severe
side effects, is that the chemicals are in miniature balls of volatile plastic
called microcapsules; thus chemicals can be introduced deeply into the body
through swallowing or inhalation of the micro-sized particles. It is as if this
"agricultural" product acted more like a drug on humans, than as a pesticide on
Thousands of residents, including myself, have undocumented pesticide damage. I
lived forty miles from the October-Monterey spray zone, and on the last day of
aerial spraying, my entire family became ill. My daughter vomited. I had severe
intestinal distress and could not eat for several days. I felt nervous and
anxious, as if I had the caffeine equivalent of 10 cups of coffee. And for the
first time in my life, I had yellow/red colored urine (I am now mostly
recovered). I did not link these symptoms to pesticide exposure until days later
upon talking and hearing about dozens of other Santa Cruz residents who were
experiencing the same or similar symptoms, on or near the same day. Their
symptoms included severe vomiting and yellow/red colored urine. Recently I
learned that this exposure may not have been from pesticide drift, but a rogue
plane releasing chemicals where it was not supposed to. Witnesses have recently
linked the red color to the Checkmate formulations, seeing small red droplets
where the Checkmate has contacted metallic objects.
The questions I ask myself are: What type of chemical, in such small doses,
causes such profound harm? Why does a chemical claimed to be harmless to humans
by the EPA, the CDFA and
Schwarzenegger have a significant and severe effect on the female
Microcapsules = Microwarfare
The aerial application of Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate LBAM-F is designed out
of the concept of miniature plastic sphere-like particles, generally the same
size as the width of a human hair. They are called microcapsules. Each capsule
is a biologically "loaded gun" due to its own chemical make-up and that of the
pheromones held inside. Research indicates that the capsules are likely made out
of a urea-formaldehyde polymer, the industry standard. This is an extremely
volatile plastic which, under UV rays, degrades over a time period estimated to
be anywhere from 30-70 days. These "agricultural" microcapsules have never been
tested safe for humans. Thus, the life of these microcapsules inside our bodies
is truly unknown as are the health risks of inhaling or swallowing them.
Preliminary research on the microcapsules have revealed that they are made of a
new technology, and that the large capsules are made up of a cluster of smaller
3-4 micron size capsules - a size of capsule that can be deadly to humans over
the long term.
Many of the chemicals used to make the Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate LBAM-F
products have been deemed harmful for human consumption, like butelated hydroxyl
tolune (BHT). For example: on the label for BHT it says (in big letters) "Do not
inhale this product. Dangerous to respiratory health." The symptoms documented
by Monterey County residents can be directly correlated to the warning labels of
BHT, and several other chemicals. BHT, is also known as DBPC, a dangerous
pesticide known to cause sterility in men. Recently, Dole Food Company lost a
lawsuit in which Nicaraguan Banana
farmers were exposed to
DBPC. In pending lawsuits, thousands of South American Farmers are claiming that
they were harmed by exposure to DBPC.
Within these microcapsules is an endocrine disrupter which attaches itself to
estrogen receptors and
forces the activation and constant production of estrogen to occur in the
human body. This happens
for men, women and children. This chemical is called 2 hydroxy 4n
octyloxybenzophenone. The warnings surrounding the exposure to this toxic
chemical can be directly correlated to the documented symptoms of women living
within the spray zone in Monterey County. These are health concerns which CANNOT
be overlooked or swept under the carpet. The entire state of California and its
residents are at risk for severe short term reactions to this aerial spraying.
The projected long term effects of exposure to Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate
LBAM-F are unknown, undocumented and until now - not even a thought in the minds
of those who are authorizing the spraying, and manufacturing the chemical.
In addition to the horrible documented health effects of coming into contact
with Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate LBAM-F, there is a great chance that it will
not even prove to be an effective investment. The EPA's own documents state that
such a microcapsule cannot successfully release pheromone, and that "The studies
show that only a small proportion of the microcapsules actually release any
pheromone or only a portion of the total pheromone loaded into the capsule is
capable of ever being released." Science and competent intelligence does not
seem to be the methodology of this spray program; in light of such statements
made, the technology cannot work.
The EPA masks their "emergency approval" of Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate LBAM-F
behind the assertion that the pheromones in the products are safe. They then
make the scientific leap and pronounce the entire pesticide is safe to be
sprayed on residential neighborhoods, schools and
water ways. This arrogant
assertion by the CDFA and the
EPA comes, again, without ANY LEGITIMATE TESTING. Under the "emergency
exemption" (also known as Section 18), regulations allow the EPA to disregard
the important 3% of "inert" ingredients. The "emergency exemption" allows this
disregard even though many of those ingredients are not even inert, and are
actually part of the "active" ingredients. The EPA then reaches the conclusion,
"EPA believes use of these pheromone products, including aerial application over
residential areas, presents negligible risks to human health and
This is another case of ridiculous, frivolous and blatant disregard for human
health by Governor Schwarzenegger, the CDFA and the EPA.
In addition to the aerial application which focuses on the
microcapsules are used in medical and
military technology. In
medical technology, microcapsules are used to time-release drugs into the body.
The medical capsules are made out of a bio-compatible material that the body can
easily absorb. In military technology, they can be used for chemical shields, or
for experimental "non-lethal" weapons (That means the weapon does not cause
immediate death). These thoughts do not leave one with a pleasant taste about
how these microcapsules are being used in our neighborhoods and communities.
The over 30 billion microcapsules sprayed over Monterey County last month are
not bio-compatible; and yet children are playing in them, dogs are rolling
around in them, and people are inhaling them. And the state continues to spray
more communities as I write this.
Like pollen, the miniature capsules can float in the air and they can stick to
surfaces people touch. Imagine hundreds of synthetic microscopic plastic balls
floating in the environment and then entering your nose, mouth, eyes and ears.
Is this safe? What happens when those minuscule plastic balls are inhaled? We
know what happens. They get lodged in your
lungs, you cough profusely to
expel them, and you go into respiratory distress. Some Monterey County residents
report asthma attacks increasing, others report coughing so hard and for such
long durations that they cough up blood. One healthy adult male in the sprayed
Salinas area, who jogs five miles daily, now has developed asthma since the last
two aerial sprays. For the first time in his life, he must use an inhaler to
help him breathe. The local doctor he sees is out of inhaler samples, he's given
them all away.
These and other serious side effects associated with the aerial application of
Checkmate OLR-F and Checkmate LBAM-F are being captured by citizen groups daily.
Local doctors are refusing to document that their patients' symptoms have any
relation to the aerial spraying. One doctor even told his patient (who was very
ill from the spraying) that he would have to consult with this lawyer before
discussing the matter further. An attorney representing the CDFA declared to a
judge in Monterey County superior court during a hearing where a local
environmental organization was suing the CDFA to stop the aerial spraying, that
the CDFA has no intention on monitoring or following up on any of the health
concerns or complaints that have been or will be filed in association with this
aerial application. This is another blatant disregard for the health and well
being of citizens. The CDFA can pay $3.5 million dollars to spray the residents
of Monterey County, but cannot and will not spend a penny to assure citizens and
residents that their health is of consequence to this program. This is
repulsive! This is a crime!
Cities Are the Targets!
If you examine the CDFA reports (www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/PDEP/lbam/maps.html)
you will see the cause for grave alarm. The LBAM aerial spraying program does
not target agricultural fields with this agricultural technology, but rather
targets mostly residential and urban areas that are great distances from crops
It does not take a rocket scientist to connect the dots:
1) A biochemical never tested before is being sprayed on cities and not
2) The chemical has never been tested on moths, animals, or humans for safety or
3) An emergency exemption is used for a moth which is not dangerous to humans;
nor does it cause significant crop damage, especially in California's warm
4) Minute doses of the chemical causes reproductive effects on women, and likely
5) Some of the chemical ingredients have no material safety data sheets
regarding human exposure, and samples of the pesticide have never been
independently scrutinized except by the EPA.
6) The majority of the funding of this project comes from the
USDA and Commodity Credit
Corporation funds, these funds are managed by George W. Bush appointees.
7) Plans are being put in place to continue aerial spraying over other populated
portions of California, including San Mateo, San Francisco, Oakland, and many
regions in Southern California. The moth has a peculiar habit of living in
8) The spray plan does not include all the moth finds, but rather mostly moth
finds in cities. For a spray plan to work to control these insects, a buffer
zone should be created around all the moths; such that none escape the spray,
but this is not what is being done.
9) People who have been sprayed feel significantly impacted, physically and
10) People who understand the situation respond to it, as if they are being
11) Preliminary research shows the microcapsule particles to be of a dangerous
12) Microcapsules are used to deliver drugs deep into the human body.
For me, I felt like the airplanes spraying chemicals were attacking my very
right to exist and be here. What do you conclude?
Is the Government Negligent, Or Sinister?
The urgent question that I must bring your attention to, is this: Is the
government just the biggest, dumbest entity on the planet; where they
haphazardly declare an emergency, which this is not one, and then over eagerly
dose whole cities with untested chemicals?
Is what we are experiencing part of a sinister plan to poison (or worse) a large
populace, who more and more, is choosing an alternative and chemical free
lifestyle? It is unclear how much the government is aware of this plan, but it
is clear that the government goes out of their way to deny and hide all serious
reported health claims.
These may be scary questions to consider or you may find them amusing and
absurd. But if you lived in the spray zone and experienced what we have, you
might be asking yourself the same questions too.
It is likely that both of these statements are true, that the government is
acting in a negligent, and sinister way.
A Time for Mourning
Even if we do not know for sure the intention of the aerial spray, we must begin
to acknowledge the great human tragedy that is now playing out before us.
Over 200,000 fellow residents of California, USA, are being exposed, needlessly,
to biologically active time-release chemicals. Pregnant women, infants, and the
sick will be the most effected, because we know that even the most minute dose
of the chemical can find its way into fetuses and affect them, and can find its
way into human breast milk. These residents are being exposed to chemicals
against their will. Some of them have had to rush to the emergency room for
treatment. Others, like myself, have literally fled to protect their lives. Many
businesses are and will be devastated as owners decide to move out if their
business is affected. Many children's hopes will be dashed when their parents
decide to leave the area and the only homes they've ever known, and many sick
and elderly people will be torn from their own homes to avoid becoming gravely
There is a war happening right here, on our own soil; as citizens try
desperately to assert their right to survive, to exist, and to do so without
this obscene government intrusion.
Today is a day to mourn. A day to mourn the ignorance and the
violence perpetuated on
our own soil. Today is a day to acknowledge the profound and sad fact that our
government seems hell bent on turning this world into a war zone. Today is a day
to mourn for the children whose growing bodies are being affected by this spray
and for the countless people who were not even informed about what the spray
means or when it will take place. Today is a day to mourn the liars in the
government, who use our tax money to test chemicals on the public and then use
our money, again, to pay lawyers to defend their negligent actions in court case
after court case.
Today is not a good day, but a day when we are being called upon to surrender
our greater reality that includes all of our feelings and experiences, good ones
and bad ones. We must look now on what we have become as a nation, and what we
have allowed to happen.
I sincerely believe that only through looking at the outer and inner experience
and through accepting our own feelings, can we find a way to both make peace
within and to take effectual action in the world to stop this violence once and
The Earth is in mourning. She wants to protect her children from harm so badly.
Recent Checkmate Aerial Spray Research Confirms Its Harm
A recently released study about Checkmate LBAM-F by the Aquatic Toxicology
The University of California, Davis confirms the danger of this aerial
application. The authors state on page three that, "the microcapsules ranged in
size from approximately 10 microns to 190 microns.."
Microcapsules circa the 10 micron size range fall under the category of
according to the American Lung Association (ALA). On the ALA's website they
state, ""Particle pollution, called particulate matter or PM, is a combination
of fine solids and aerosols that are suspended in the air we breathe... The ones
of most concern are small enough to lodge deep in the lungs where they can do
serious damage. They are measured in microns. The largest of concern are 10
microns in diameter."
Particle pollution has well documented short and long term health effects,
including: death from respiratory and cardiovascular causes, including strokes;
inflammation of lung tissue in young, healthy adults; increased severity of
asthma attacks in children; slowed lung function growth in children and
teenagers; significant damage to the small airways of the lungs; and increased
risk of dying from lung cancer.
Children under 18 and adults over the age of 65 will be the ones most harmed by
this chemical assault.
A Call to Action
Aerial application of chemicals, whether supposed safe or not, violates the very
roots of our democracy
and the free will of the people of the
United States of
America. What choices will residents of this democracy have left if they choose
to not be sprayed with potentially deadly chemicals and are then denied that
right? If you continue to stand by and let this happen, do you think your city
and your county will be immune from the next senseless government incursion? Now
there are court cases and legal presidents being set, which our government can
use, to justify further hostile actions against its own people.
You cannot continue to sit around and think that you will not be affected by the
actions that our government is taking today. You must act because the people
here need your help. Every action you take has the potential to help. Your
friends and family need you. Your country needs you. This world needs everyone
of you to stand up and say loudly and clearly that you have had enough and you
will not take this governmental bullying anymore!
Here are suggestions for action:
Call Governor Schwarzenegger who supports the biochemical aerial
spraying that harms children and tell his staffers that you order the Governor
to immediately halt the spraying.
(916) 445-2841 2841 (press #1, #5, #0)
Fax: (916) 445-4633
See my related story: (www.newstarget.com/022158.html)
Call your local senator and congressional representative. And I encourage you to
call these California Senators. Federal offices will say that this is a state
matter. You tell them that this LBAM eradication plan is funded by the USDA and
that this is certainly a federal problem.
(Both California US Government Senators have been sitting on the fence, even
though a congressional investigation as to why the USDA and EPA are so eager to
spray chemicals on people, in plain violation of their own laws, is called for.)
Senator Diane Feinstein
San Fransisco Office - (415) 393-0707
Senator Barbara Boxer
San Fransisco Office - (415) 403-0100
They want to here our stories,
Send them this link with this article, or post a summary of this article to
The American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU is a pioneer in human
and civil rights, yet they claim that this is an environmental issue. Think
again, this is a human
rights issue, let them know (www.aclu.org/contact/general/index.html)
The Sierra Club
They should be suing to stop this but rather have laid back in their support,
claiming that pheromones are a safer alternatives than insecticides according to
the information they are receiving from the EPA. Think Again, pheromones in
microcapsules, never tested before on animals or people, could be deadly. The
Sierra Club is being intentionally misled into supporting a substance that they
know very little about.
Let them know your opinion. National Headquarters 415-977-5500
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
They are a lead environmental organization who usually has a fabulous track
record in fighting against such atrocities as spraying chemicals. However, they
have been ardent supporters of pheromone use, stating that the pheromone is safe
because the EPA says it is better than traditional
pesticides. Note that we
were also told that they have not done ANY independent research into the toxic
side effects of pheromones and do not have the resources to have their own
scientists do any testing. Basically they are taking the EPA and USDA's word
that it is safe, even though there are no tests available to show that it is
safe or effective.
Call them and let them know how you feel. And ask them why they aren't doing
their own tests.
National Headquarters Telephone: (212) 727-2700
Or the San Francisco, CA Office: (415) 875-6100
Talk to your friends about this and other government abuses.
If you can provide us legal, scientific, medical or other expert support contact
the author of this article immediately.
Write Articles relating to this topic or to human rights in the United States.
Alert national and international media organizations, use your personal contacts
to help the cause; spread this article.
Feel your feelings, let your feelings be present.
Pray, Meditate, Dance, Dream, Act for peace.
Boycott Roll International, owner of Suterra the maker's of Checkmate
Companies include: Fiji Water, Paramount Farms, Paramount Citrus, POM Wonderful,
The Franklin Mint, and Teleflora
Some of Checkmate's Published Ingredients:
Here are three published Checkmate ingredients, of particular concern, which
have been and will continue to be sprayed upon humans and their environment.
The Material Saftey Data Sheet States:
"Mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells. Mutagenic for bacteria and/or yeast"
"The substance may be toxic to blood, liver, central nervous system(CNS).
Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substances can produce target organs
There is no information or documentation about this substance or how chronic
exposure to it can effect human health. That means we cannot be certain that
even small doses are safe.
This is a Xenochemical that binds to estrogen receptors not just in animals, but
in humans. In other words, even in small doses, it signals people's bodies to
take a specific biological action. Even small doses could affect hormonal
functions by causing the constant production of estrogen. Prolonged exposure to
endocrine disrupting chemicals is the cause of breast cancer.
Helping Our Peninsula's Environment sued for a restraining order to stop aerial
spraying in Monterey and lost because the disputed Checkmate ingredient was not
in the EPA's documents; even though the pesticide manufacturer, Suterra,
reported that they did use the disputed ingredient in the manufacture of
Checkmate. The lawsuit included a document by a former EPA chemist showing how
such an aerial spray program is dangerous to both humans and the environment.
The lawsuit continues. Text of HOPE's lawsuit is at (www.1hope.org/SPRAYTRO.PDF)
The City and County of Santa Cruz voted to sue the California Department of Food
and Agriculture, they too lost their request for a restraining order of the
spray, even with a rock-solid case which stated that the county could not
perform its functions; such as school, police, protect, and administer the city
while aerial spraying continued. They too did not get a restraining order, as
their case continues. You can read the court case here
A group of local residents filed suit in Federal Court and also did not get a
restraining order, but did get a November 21st, 2007 Federal Court date to have
their case more fully considered. Please consider attending this monumental
hearing as citizens will stand and defend their
civil liberties and
right to a healthy life. Docket #0705587
Telling you this truth, about this atrocity, is my prayer and hope for peace.
I leave you with part of this press release by a strong opponent to the aerial
spraying, California State Senator John Laird.
"Of greatest concern to me is the notion that speculative economic impacts may
be outweighing the need to protect human health. In Monterey County there are
reports of more than 200 health complaints associated with aerial spraying. Yet,
to date there is no evidence that reports have been analyzed, and a promised
'white paper' on the toxicological data on the pheromone product and the health
complaints taken as a whole has not been released. In fact, in his October 26th
letter to me, CDFA Secretary Kawamura indicated there are no plans to either
study long term effects of the spraying or conduct an epidemiological analysis
of the complaints CDFA has received.
In light of the unresolved health complaints and unanswered scientific
questions, the "precautionary principle" should serve as a guide. It has been
described as a political and moral principle that says if an action or policy
could harm the public or the environment, the burden of proof falls on the
proponent of the action -- rather than on the public.
It was determined in Superior Court that the County of Santa Cruz failed to meet
the burden of proof required to obtain a temporary restraining order against the
state. However, in the court of public opinion, the burden of proof ought to be
on CDFA to prove LBAM-F and OLR-F are safe prior to spraying it on residential
populations monthly for an open-ended period of time."
Further information and research about the Light Brown Apple Moth Aerial Spray
program is available at: Hope For Truth
About the author
Rami Nagel is a father who cares about the way we
affect each other, our children, and our planet through our lifestyle choices.
His health background is in hands-on energy healing, Hatha & Bhakti yoga and the
Rami is author of several health resources:
- Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition!
www.healingourchildren.net - Learn the Cause and Prevention of the Diseases
of Pregnancy and Childhood
www.preconceptionhealth.org - A Program for Preconception Health based on
www.yourreturn.org - The
cause of disease and the end of suffering of humanity.