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Kauai committee defers vote on pesticide-GMO regulation bill

By Rosemarie Bernardo

LAST UPDATED: 02:19 a.m. HST, Sep 10, 2013

A Kauai County Council committee clashed with representatives of seed companies over the disclosure of the types and use of pesticides.

The Economic Development, Sustainability, Agriculture & Intergovernmental Relations Committee heard testimony on Bill 2491, which would regulate pesticide use and genetically modified crops by agribusinesses.

"I don't want to comply with the bill as is," said Steve Lupkes of BASF Corp.

Councilman Gary Hooser, an author of the bill, questioned the lack of direct answers by company representatives on his standing inquiry about the type of pesticides they use.

"How do you have a community discussion without the facts?" he asked. "I need to know. The community needs to know what is going on."

The committee deferred a vote on the bill until Sept. 27 for further review.

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LizKauai wrote:
Why do people insist on creating fear and division when consultation and ho'oponopono are ignored as solutions? Professional rabble rousers have created what is now political masturbation...
on September 9,2013 | 01:04PM
st1d wrote:
a more accurate headline would be: "kauai fear-mongers stage anti-agriculture march".
on September 9,2013 | 02:02PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Or how about this: "Kauai citizens need accuracy in labeling so they can make informed decisions."? That's what the bill does, after all. It asks for disclosure.
on September 9,2013 | 07:48PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The voice of the people must be heard. Whether Syria, gay marriage or GMO it is the voice of the people that counts.
on September 9,2013 | 02:02PM
entrkn wrote:
This is going on everywhere... mankind standing up for mankind.
on September 9,2013 | 02:12PM
Silversword wrote:
Amazing: The Star-Advertiser has no mention in Monday's paper of the 4,000 Kauaians who marched on Sunday to demand that the County Council vote yes to pass Bill 2491, the bill sponsored by Councilmember Gary Hooser that would regulate pesticide use and genetically modified crops among the new agribusinesses that now occupy large swathes of the island's former sugarcane fields, where they carry on year-round experiments. Four thousand people marching to demand action by the Kauai County government that runs counter to the wishes lobbyists for these agribusinesses, the largest in the world, isn't news? Then what is? Oh yeah: a moped incident at Sandy Beach, a Moiiliili bycyclist was arrested for theft, and Microsoft launched some new XBox thing. What's going on? Who is blocking real Hawaii news to the people of Hawaii?
on September 10,2013 | 04:15PM
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