While important in the protection against harmful pests, fumigation has also had a detrimental impact on our environment.
As an ozone depleter, and because of its overall toxicity, methyl bromide has been largely phased out of use in recent years. However, it is still is use where no viable alternative has been found, including quarantine and pre-export shipments.
A naturally occurring, food grade product
While its claim to fame until now could well be the fact it’s partially responsible for the delicious flavour of raspberries, ethyl formate is also a food-grade alternative fumigant that naturally breaks down into formic acid and ethanol.
Ethyl formate naturally occurs in a variety of foodstuffs, including apple, orange juice, pineapple, raspberries, cabbage, coffee, black tea, white clover and sorghum.