The Economic Importance of Methyl Bromide: Does the California Strawberry Industry Qualify for a Critical Use Exemption from the Methyl Bromide Ban?
Posted: 8 May 2006
Methyl bromide has been applied to California strawberries for forty years. However, it will be banned in the United States and other developed countries in 2005. Critical use exemptions provide a mechanism that allows its continued use after this date for industries that do not have technically and economically feasible alternatives, and are consequently subject to significant market disruption. Integrating scientific and economic results from a multidisciplinary research project, we evaluate whether California strawberries are eligible for a critical use exemption.
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