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Kauai pesticide bill will have public hearing

By Rosemarie Bernardo

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LAST UPDATED: 02:14 a.m. HST, Jun 27, 2013



The Kauai County Council unanimously voted 7-0 Wednesday night to hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to regulate pesticide use by agricultural farms. 

Members passed the first reading of Bill 2491 which would prohibit pesticide use near schools, hospitals and waterways. Councilman Gary Hooser introduced the measure due to concerns raised about the effects of pesticides on the community and environment.

The 1:30 p.m. public hearing on the issue will be held on July 31. Council Chairman Jay Furfaro said a venue will be selected due to the community interest on the issue.

Community members packed the council chambers Wednesday to testify on the first reading of the proposed ordinance. About 170 people were signed up to testify, prompting many to defer their testimony until the public hearing. 

The draft bill calls for commercial agricultural farms to disclose the type and amount of pesticides they use. A buffer zone will also be created to prohibit use of experimental and restricted use pesticides within 500 feet — the distance of almost two football fields — of any school, hospital, residential area, public roadway, stream, river or shoreline. 

The bill also calls for a ban on open-air testing of experimental pesticides and a temporary moratorium on experimental use and commercial production of genetically modified organisms until the county conducts an environmental impact statement. 







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Maili2 wrote:
I hope this goes through. If it was up to me, everything organic and healthy, no mass-sprayed crops to hurt the land and to make us unhealthy. A little more work, but who said life isn't full of work? A good life anyway.
on June 27,2013 | 03:53AM
Honulove wrote:
For more information from Councilman Hooser LIVE IN THE STUDIO TONIGHT please go to www.olelo.org ....................tonight is the last in a series of four nights of gmo awareness shows, and Hooser is a panelist ........................you can watch the Mon/Tues/Wed shows online.......................tonight is a LIVE call in Q&A show from folks on all the islands and online viewers...................please tune in and learn about the "Restricted Use" pesticides that the seed corn industry has been using on state land on Kauai with no disclosure .....................Click on the links featured on Olelo's GMO Week to watch both of the Pro/Anti half hour shows....... ........................ Educate yourself as to why hundreds of Waimea residents on the west-side of Kauai have filed suit against Pioneer (DuPont Chemical Company) for pesticide poisoning from these operations, just like those affecting the residents of Royal Kunia, Haleiwa, Molokai and Maui.......................WAKE UP HAWAII......................your "farming neighbors" are the largest chemical corporations in the world making industrial products that either resist the spraying of, or produce a pesticide within the corn or soy plant............Think of each corn plant as a chemical factory that is continuously switched on to produce an insecticide that kill insects when they take a nibble................If you are not eating organic meat, you are most likely (90%) eating an animal that has eaten this corn................ .................and that's just the seed corn industry.......................the other reason these multi-national corporations are here (with a year-round growing season and being the most isolated land mass on the planet): there are more EXPERIMENTAL OPEN-FIELD TESTS OF YET TO BE APPROVED GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS growing here in Hawaii than anywhere else in the country ................................so please, know that those "activists" marching in the streets on every island are well aware of these FACTS, and are choosing to use their precious spare time to educate you................... ..............especially the nearly one million people on Oahu, where the Senate Chair of the Agriculture Committee lives-in urban Waipahu............................ .....................PLEASE tune in to Olelo Channel 55 tonight, Channel 54 for neighbor islands, or watch online........................be a part of the first state-wide conversation (the gmo issue has become so big that, in an unprecedented effort to reach out across the islands, ALL of Hawaii's public access stations have agreed to broadcast) about this industry that so conveniently and quietly slid into the ready-to-utilize infrastructure that was left in place by the sugar plantations. ........................Invite your family and friends over to watch together-challenge yourself to have a gmo-free potluck, another educational experience: reading labels-no corn, canola, soy, cottonseed or sugar (unless it's sugarcane).
on June 27,2013 | 07:01AM
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