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Kauai Council committee votes 4-1 to approve amended bill on GMOs, pesticides

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:36 p.m. HST, Sep 28, 2013

A Kauai County Council committee voted 4-1 to approve a proposed bill to regulate pesticides and genetically modified organisms by large agricultural companies. 

The council's Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee voted shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday to amend the disclosure and buffer zones provisions and eliminate four provisions from Bill 2491: permitting, prohibition of open-air testing of experimental pesticides, prohibition of open air testing of experimental GMOs and a moratorium on experimental use and commercial production of GMOs.

The bill calls for mandatory disclosure of pesticide use and GMOs by large agribusinesses on Kauai. 

The proposed ordinance will advance to the full council. A meeting date has yet to be set. 

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Charliegrunt wrote:
I hope that they remember that Monsanto also tested Agent Orange, on Kauai among other places according to the Zumwalt Report. Many of us Vietnam Veterans are still fighting the VA regarding claims for the effects of it.
on September 28,2013 | 04:18PM
Puuloa wrote:
then blame the gov't! Monsanto didn't invent agent orange. But they - along with other companies - were required by law to make it for the gov't because the US was at war. You need to do your homework. Do you blame Boeing for the plane that dropped the atomic bomb? Come on....its not rocket science.
on September 28,2013 | 06:58PM
Charliegrunt wrote:
Good points, but remember they told us it was safe. Also, remember the government is also involved with GMO. Since you are a farmer in favor of GMO, if this goes bad, we'll expect you to step up to the plate and takes your lumps, too, along with the companies testing GMO and declaring them safe, and the government. If you read and understood my comment, you would see that my complaint is that the GOVERNMENT IS NOT ACCEPTING ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE EFFECTS WE ARE SUFFERING FROM WHAT THEY CLAIMED TO BE SAFE FOR PEOPLE.
on September 29,2013 | 12:21AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
It's a start.
on September 28,2013 | 05:47PM
Puuloa wrote:
obviously you are not a farmer.
on September 28,2013 | 06:58PM
st1d wrote:
alright, gmo is about to be ridden out of town, tarred and feathered. soon, black cats and anyone caught riding a broom.
on September 28,2013 | 08:01PM
sayer wrote:
This is just basic. A step in the right direction - much more can be done.
on September 29,2013 | 04:01AM
sayer wrote:
Farmers grew food for thousands of years without GMOs and none of tr promises biotech companies have made about GMOs have been shown to be true - but millions of pounds of MORE pesticides are used.
on September 29,2013 | 04:03AM
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