Today, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced plans to stop light brown apple moth spraying altogether. While the spray was temporarily halted in April, it now looks like the use of the pesticide is officially off. Yay! The light brown apple moth, which feasts on crops, and the people of Santa Cruz county will no longer have to fear the toxic spray.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera says that "the state's aerial spray program has been a dead man walking since April," going on to say that he "intend[s] to continue to work closely with other public law offices throughout the Bay Area to monitor LBAM eradication plans in the event legal action becomes necessary to protect public health and safety."
What's more, according to CBS 5, state and federal officials say that they will instead release sterile moths to target the hungry moths. Three cheers for sterilization!