In 1989, the State of California was doing aerial spraying of Malathion pesticide over the citizens of Los Angeles. The medfly, a fruit eating insect, was threatening fruit crops in No. California. If the State sprayed Malathion pesticide directly on the crops, then many foreign countries would not import the fruits that were sprayed. Someone in the Governor’s office came up with the idea of spraying the rest of the State of California, to kill the insects before they could reach the crops. Television and radio commercials stated that the Malathion was perfectly safe for people, but warned people to make sure their cars were covered and their pets were kept indoors during spraying.
Having the personal experience that this was not so safe, I went on the internet and gathered every article in the world on the adverse effects of Malathion. Having gathered information as early as the 1960s, I passed it along to my local city representative. Three days later I received a call, and was asked if I would be an expert witness for the City of Los Angeles, against the State of California regarding health effects of Malathion. I was laughing as I told the city official, I am not an expert because I pulled down some internet articles. But what I would do, is go back to Europe and interview agricultural experts from several countries, get their opinion of a pesticide being sprayed over the population of a city, and then return with their opinions.
I interviewed agricultural authorities in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Russia. I repeatedly heard that it would be impossible that a pesticide would ever be sprayed directly over the population. Each official agreed to an audio interview in which they strongly stated their country’s position regarding the use of pesticides around their citizens.
I returned to California and told my councilman that now I was ready to share the results of my research. In the Los Angeles City Council Chambers, with cameras and the various media of Los Angeles, I ended up in a direct discussion with the head medical doctor for the State of California. This was the doctor who was proclaiming on all of the television and radio channels that Malathion was perfectly safe.
I was the last witness for the City of Los Angeles, and the doctor and I had a discussion regarding what facts the State of California was using in their proclamation that Malathion was safe to spray on people. After our discussion, the Los Angeles City Council, who had previously voted 8 to 7 to allow aerial spraying of Malathion, voted 15 to 0 to stop the spraying. Facts had won the day.
After my testimony, two men came up to where I was sitting and said, ‘You are not playing the game!’ I asked what they meant. They stated that the Governor’s office did not like to be embarrassed in an open forum, and I should have taken a quiet route of presenting my information. The gentlemen then made some statements regarding my future. I said to them, ‘you have to do what you have to do, and I have to do what I am going to do.’
I was approached by other cities in Orange County, California and asked to present information to their council members. In several of these meetings, I spoke head-to-head with the Agricultural Commissioner of Orange County, who was representing the interests of the State of California. Eventually with the proliferation of facts, every city in Los Angeles and Orange Country voted unanimously against the State of California spraying its citizens.
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