October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Action is my favorite organization that exposes companies that make or distribute products that can cause cancer. Here is a petition from Breast Cancer Action I would like you to consider signing. Since the links did not come up when I cut and pasted this, go directly to their special website for this campaign: www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org to read and sign. (This is a slightly abbreviated form; their website has the entire text.)
Would you eat an orange grown with oil wastewater?
Well, you might have already, without even knowing it.
Bee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus, the U.S.’s largest citrus grower and the company behind Halos® mandarins, are using leftover wastewater from oil corporations to irrigate their citrus—while also using pink ribbons to sell them.
Tell Bee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus that “Toxic Isn’t Tasty.” Tell them to stop pinkwashing and stop watering our food with oil wastewater.
The use of oil wastewater for food irrigation is expanding rapidly in California—the U.S.’s third largest oil-extracting state, which also produces the bulk of the nation’s fruits and veggies.
….But at least one test of oil wastewater used for food irrigation found that it contained the chemical benzene, a known human carcinogen linked to breast cancer.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for benzene in drinking water is zero, which means “there is no dose below which the chemical is considered safe.”
Using oil wastewater to irrigate our food has not been proven safe—neither for the health of the public nor for the health of farm workers, who are exposed firsthand to these chemicals. In fact, an expert panel is currently reviewing the use of oil wastewater for food irrigation for associated health risks—yet California’s top officials are still permitting companies like Bee Sweet and Wonderful to use it!
Recently, we delivered your signatures to California Governor Jerry Brown urging him to end the use of oil wastewater for food irrigation. To date, he has failed to do so. In the absence of strong government action, we’re calling on Bee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus to stop using oil wastewater to irrigate their crops while using pink ribbons to sell citrus—a practice we call pinkwashing.
Join us in telling these citrus companies to stand up for women affected by breast cancer. Tell them to stop irrigating their citrus with oil wastewater and use their power to ensure that oil wastewater is not used to irrigate any of our food.
Now that would really be sweet and wonderful!
Executive Director, Breast Cancer Action