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Maui signs pesticide disclosure deal with Monsanto

LAST UPDATED: 03:46 a.m. HST, Nov 21, 2013

WAILUKU, Hawaii — Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa has signed a pesticide disclosure agreement with agricultural giant Monsanto.

The county said Wednesday the deal requires Monsanto to disclose what types of restricted-use pesticides it's using and how much.

Monsanto must also disclose how it's dealing with dust and soil erosion. The company will meet county officials each quarter regarding pesticides and other community issues.

Monsanto operates farms on Maui and Molokai.

The county says it's pursuing a similar agreement with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar.

The county says it approached Monsanto after seeing what was happening in other counties.

Kauai County recently moved to require large farms to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. The Hawaii County Council on Wednesday approved a bill restricting the planting of genetically modified crops.

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BluesBreaker wrote:
Sounds like a reasonable approach. I look forward to seeing the first batch of disclosure reports.
on November 21,2013 | 05:23AM
leino wrote:
Monsanto did something smart. They got out of the spotlight and reduced all of the negative high profile rhetoric that GMO business would rather not have shining on them. Good PR move, but still a scary operation.
on November 21,2013 | 05:27AM
kiragirl wrote:
Does the county (Maui) have any enforcement or clout in making changes should reports indicate excessive use of pesticides?
on November 21,2013 | 07:03AM
BigOpu wrote:
I guess this should ease the mind of Kauai Mayor in regards to his fears of legal retribution. What did Maui do that Kauai couldn't?
on November 21,2013 | 07:36AM
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