The Mediterranean fruit fly is a serious threat to California agriculture. But widespread yearly pesticide spraying has not been effective in eradicating the pest, and state officials seem unwilling to acknowledge that. Bruce Robinson reports.
UC Davis Entomology Professor Carey says he used the state’s own data on medfly appearances to conclude that eradication efforts have failed.
But he also understands why CDFA is reluctant to publicly acknowledge that failure.
Nan Wishner of the California Environmental Health Initiative, contends that it is long past time to explore alterative medly control strategies, and reduce pesticide spraying.