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Helicopter Spraying Something
updated: Aug 06, 2014, 9:33 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

9:00 a.m. and continuing. Near Old San Marcos Road above Cathedral Oaks. Beige helicopter is making repeated passes and is spraying something.

Does anyone have info on what substance is being sprayed and why?

Thank you.

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 COMMENT 542524P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 09:41 AM

There is a huge avocado farm up there and we were notified that the owner, Mr. Miller, would be having it sprayed today between 8-9 am. We live very near it. Not sure what was being used though.


 COMMENT 542536P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 10:08 AM

likely spraying a miticide--you can all the co ag inspector to get report of what is used.


 COMMENT 542539 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 10:13 AM

They spray the Carp bluffs like once a week early in the AM


 COMMENT 542551P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 11:08 AM

If I lived anywhere near this area I'd be calling!

I served in Viet Nam and they used to spray "mosquito repellant" once a week around our central highlands air base. Was it any coincidence that there was not one living blade of green anything within three blocks of the perimeter? Hmmm

As Mr. Rogers would have said, "Can you say Agent Orange, boys & girls?"

I'm not even suggesting this is the case here. However it might be worth getting the full story & any potential health ramifications if you live nearby & inhale it & for your PETS too.


 COMMENT 542560 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 11:58 AM

Avocado ranchers often spray their trees with foliar nutrients as well. They are non-toxic, but I wouldn't want to breathe it in.


 COMMENT 542573 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 12:34 PM



 COMMENT 542577P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 12:53 PM

Gag. I am SO HAPPY there's no one spraying from helis near my house. Just about anything sprayed from on high is bad, bad, bad for you.

As 536P advised, call County Ag Dept and find out what the heck is now in your breathing space. 681-5600.


 COMMENT 542593P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 01:18 PM

The sky is falling! Run around and flap and squawk!


 COMMENT 542609 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 01:39 PM

yup...593...flap around a squawk as you die from toxic chemical pesticide poisoning...now..or later when cancer takes over your body...chemical / pesticide spraying is not funny!


 COMMENT 542613 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 01:47 PM

I feel for the folks who grow our food. We crowd them with our suburban developments then complain about their farming ways. It's a little like moving next door to a school and complaining at all the noise during recess.

Seriously folks, it's better to live next to a farm than next to the freeway 'coz what comes out car engines when those engines are making the cars go ain't good for you at all.


 COMMENT 542677 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 04:21 PM

We didn't buy a house in Carp due to the proximity to a farm that did aerial spraying. So now we live in an old house on the westside with asbestos coated wiring and lead paint walls.

Guess you can't ever get away from it.


 COMMENT 542695 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 04:52 PM

People, if curious or concerned, should ask what they may be getting exposed to in their air, water and food. I am concerned that certain edhatters frequently engage in "shaming" activities for folks asking legitimate questions. Those kinds of posts should be removed, as they serve no purpose but to be intentionally inflammatory and dismissive, and could have the impact of thwarting the important exchange of information.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-06 06:14 PM

Doesn't matter what it is, not very likely good for you to be breathing it. We successfully raised acres of organic avacados for years w/o ever spraying.


 COMMENT 542761P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 06:21 AM

And you wonder why we don't have any bees. Trade-off.


 COMMENT 542767 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 07:13 AM

Gotta have a green revolution, the writing is on the wall. Organic farming, better for the land and the people, transition away from large scale monocultural farming. Build greener. Minimize driving, walk, bike, use mass transit. Use less stuff that is over packaged or comes in plastic, ban plastic water bottles less than a gallon(what a waste of resources!)
There is a huge transition to be made to living in a way that reduces our impact on the earth and the impact on us and our offspring from our lifestyle choices. What will our ancestors say? They totally blew it and were stupid, greedy, and rapacious, or will our generation and the next be remembered as the ones who got it and changed the course of planetary history for the better?


 COMMENT 542780 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 07:54 AM

Lompoc cancer clusters are found around farms. Coworker of mine luckily had tumor which was benign in his brain removed and is ok. He researched cancer clusters around him in Lompoc.
Aerial spraying should have a law requiring public notification.
Don't buy homes downwind of farms, and maybe golf courses. As a former greens keeper in 1978, I used chemicals so dangerous, you need a permit to handle them now. Fortunately, I only used them once a year. Men die early due to chemicals they use.


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 08:48 AM

With regard to the complaint that people move into neighborhoods and then bitch about the stuff already there, I suspect this spraying location may be new. There is a new orchard just next to San Marcos Pass, for example. Wonder where they get their water? And, in any event, when we move into a neighborhood that has agricultural works, we don't need to anticipate a new and more onerous intrusion such as aerial spraying if that didn't exist before. This sort of thing is about saving money, not saving the crops.


 COMMENT 542830 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 10:02 AM

Pass everything we do through this filter: Am I individually and are we as a community increasing the inherited burden on the next generation? Are we guessing or hoping that our actions don't limit the options for our children? Then through this filter consider the known problems or uncertainties associated with fracking, displacing chaparral with avocados, maintaining airports on estuaries, overfishing, burning coal.


 COMMENT 542860 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 11:50 AM

While it is natural to be concerned about exposure to agricultural chemicals and a good idea to avoid them whenever possible, unless you eat only certified organic food, cancer is probably unavoidable for the vast majority of Americans.

I do my best to read labels and avoid unhealthy additives, but the ag corporations are so good at hiding GMO derived ingredients that it really is an exercise in futility - GM corn and/or soy (along with the herbicide glyphosate) is in virtually EVERY processed food imaginable.

And if you buy meat, poultry or fish at the grocery store, the animals were almost certainly fed GM soy and corn and their flesh is contaminated with unhealthy metabolites and Roundup herbicide - just accept that you are certain to get cancer at some point if you live long enough, and don't worry about it too much.


 COMMENT 543014 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-07 09:15 PM

I moved away from the Santa Ynez Valley because of all of the spraying in vineyards and ag fields. We used to see planes spray toxins over walnut groves. After breathing this air for 12 years, my wife was diagnosed with Non-H Lymphoma and had to undergo chemo and radiation. We moved to S.B. to be close to the ocean and the hospitals. Not everyone is susceptible, but enough are to ban these poisons.


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