Maybe you've seen recent attacks on local agriculture in the Ventura Count Star.
Maybe you saw Maureen McGuire's great response to those unfounded accusations: https://www.vcstar.com/.../column-article.../6723099001/
Those groups who have been leading the recent assault on agriculture are right now, temporarily distracted by their attacks on our friends in the local gas/oil industry. Those attacks are culminating in Measures A and B, which you'll see on the June ballot. As you know, petroleum products are a key component to keeping agriculture running - not to mention our cars, homes, planes, and more...
Did you know that local oil operations are audited and inspected for compliance by over 15 different agencies (everything from surface water, groundwater, air quality, preparation and training for emergencies, and more)? In fact, the largest oil company in Ventura County has been part of a multi-year air monitoring program overseen by the state and conducted by one of those activist groups. No air contamination was found - but that didn’t stop the activist group from going to our local Board of Supervisors to push new measures to “stop the oil companies from poisoning the local residents.” And we repeat, no contamination was ever found.
If that attack strategy sounds familiar, it’s the same false claim made by the same activist group about alleged pesticide drift from Ventura county agriculture fields.
How can you help?
1) Come to our March meeting to get educated
2) If you can't come, click here to email our Land/Water Use Appointed Director (Louise Lampara of Ventura County CoLAB) with your questions
3) When you see "California Women for Agriculture, Ventura County" on the June ballot, among those opposing Measures A and B, please don't be alarmed. Ours will be one of at least two "agricultural sounding" organizations listed there - because when someone erroneously claims to represent local agriculture, our best defense is a good offense. Just because a group's name suggests that they want to "Save Agriculture" doesn't mean that's truly their agenda... Be ready to call a spade a spade...