ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 09, 1981
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(Studio) Amt. of United States fruit and vegetables coming from California noted; United States government said considering quarantine of all such prods. due to major infestation of fruit flies. Decision believed expected tomorrow.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(Santa Clara Valley, California) Fruit flies' impact on agriculture described; films shown. Recent ground spraying program and controversy arising over proposed aerial spraying discussed; Governor Jerry Brown's rejection of aerial spraying concept reported Brown's order to strip trees of all fruit examined. [BROWN - comments on threats of federal and state boycotts of California fruit.] Some agriculture experts said convinced of necessity of aerial spraying to prevent insect's spread.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer (KGO film/tape)
(DC) [Agriculture Secretary John BLOCK - says extent of quarantine has not yet been decided.] Efforts of California Representatives to get Block to order aerial spraying of malathion pesticide noted; agriculture officials in Texas and Florida reported insisting on embargo. [Texas agriculture commission Reagan BROWN - threatens quarantine by Texas.] Impact of quarantine on nation's consumers examined; related statistics outlined on screen.
REPORTER: Ray Nunn (KVUE film/tape)
(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast