Aroostook farmer says tainted broccoli might damage entire business

The invention of an unlawful pesticide used at an Aroostook County broccoli farm has at the least one producer nervous the motion might taint the business.

Emerald Valley Ranches of Caribou was ordered Monday to destroy a lot of its crop after state laboratory exams found the presence of an unlawful pesticide on produce samples.

Chlorpyrifos, used on farms for many years, was banned by Maine after which the nation in 2021 due to well being considerations. Emerald Valley admitted utilizing the banned chemical, in keeping with the Maine Division of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Now that phrase has gotten out, the East Coast’s largest broccoli producer is afraid customers gained’t wish to purchase the vegetable.