But there is the bigger issue at hand - the safety of everyone living in Agriculture areas. There are no buffer zones to protect school children. If the wind is blowing in your direction, regardless of who you are, you breath whatever spray they are applying. In fact, just ripping the soil to prep for a new vineyard dredges up decades of toxins. We need safer practices and applications for farming.
We need a moratorium on new vineyard development in the state. We need to study the damage already done to our eco-systems and habitats by devastating the landscape with vineyards and how it is affecting our health.
I've said it before: Sonoma County has become a mono-culture; an Agriculture-based community that once benefitted all, now benefits only a few; the alcohol producers who would plow our kids under to make a buck.
This from Tom Cooper...
The current orchard conversion by Paul Hobbs is exempt from the jurisdiction of the Bay Area Quality Management District whose mandate is contained within the State Health and Safety Code 41701 to investigate and enforce clean air standards, in this case drift of toxic dust.
Code 41705 states that code 41701 does not apply to Ag operations or use of Ag equipment necessary for growing of crops or raising fowl or animals.
Just don't sit there. We need to be heard. The toxic conditions our kids are being subjected to are unacceptable.
To find out how you can help, contact the Watertrough Children's Alliance:
...or go to their website:
They are currently working through the system trying to establish buffer zones for sensitive use sites (schools, senior care centers, day cares, water ways etc. Other counties in California have them, Sonoma County doesn't.
The ag commish has authority to implement buffer zones but hasn't.
All the addresses and contact info you need can be found on theGravenstein masthead above.