Those Flies in Brown's Ointment

Facing a quarantine, California orders aerial spraying

God in His wisdom Made the fly And then forgot To tell us why.

—Ogden Nash Perhaps one reason was to test Jerry Brown. Last week, as swarms of voracious Mediterranean fruit flies in northern California threatened to bring a nationwide ban on shipments of fruits and vegetables from California's lush orchards and farm lands, the Democratic Governor faced one of the toughest decisions of his political career: whether to bow to California's $14 billion-a-year agriculture industry, which grows 40% of U.S. produce, or heed the angry...

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