Jim Sims, the now-retired University of California, Riverside, researcher who descovered the fumigant methyl iodide, makes a case for its registration in a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece.

One of the biggest pluses for the product is it won't destroy the ozone as methyl bromide does.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is mulling whether to register the fumigant, which is marketed under the name Midas.

It already is registered in most other fruit and vegetable producing states.

Read the complete piece in the San Francisco Chonicle.