Farmer Says Aerial Spraying Hurt His Crops

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Steven Zien, who grows organic bayleafs, says independent lab tests show traces of chemicals. He says now he has to promote his bayleafs as “previously organic” and he’s losing business. 

"…and I attribute that to the fact that these were no longer organic. As a result I didn’t get the draw to my booth and lost potential clients."

Zien says he plans to file a claim with the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District to cover damages.

The district sprayed parts of North Sacramento three-weeks ago to prevent the spread of West Nile virus. Health officials say the treatments were not harmful to humans or animals at the low concentrations that were used.