LBAM—Two Countries, One Moth


I try to stay out of agricultural politics. I’d rather support farmers by buying their wonderful produce without having to testify on their behalf. Sometimes, however, circumstances land on your shoulder like a little butterfly—or in this case, a light brown apple moth (LBAM). For the past two years, I’ve been active in opposing California’s [...]

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Pest Policy Questioned: Panelists say Quarantines Unfair to California Farmers


The Light Brown Apple Moth is an indigenous pest considered harmless to crops in New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia, and the UK, all countries that are free to export fruits and vegetables to U.S. markets while California farms currently face quarantines if it is found, a practice panelists at a recent forum called unfair to small [...]

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Moth Spray Controversy Update: Business, Farmers and Consumers in Partnership

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We hope you can join us at this event. Founder/CEO Chris Mittelstaedt will participate in a panel discussion of the Light Brown Apple Moth and other issues at the the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on June 14th. Moth Spray Controversy Update: Business, Farmers and Consumers in Partnership The Commonwealth Club Caroline Cox, Research Director, [...]

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Chris Mittelstaedt’s LBAM Testimony

Chairman Florz, vice Chair Maldonado and esteemed members of the Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture – thank you for taking the time to hear testimony today about the light brown apple moth and the implications of the quarantine program. My name is Chris Mittelstaedt and I am the founder and CEO of The FruitGuys. I founded [...]

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Mothra Update


In March, California held senate hearings on the status of the state’s eradication program for the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM). FruitGuys founder and CEO Chris Mittelstaedt testified in defense of small family farmers whose farms have been hurt by the current California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) practice to quarantine farms and sale [...]

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