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Editorial: Curb herbicides at public schools

  • JAMM AQUINO/JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Lee Johnson, left, who was exposed to glyphosate, speaks to Board of Education chair Catherine Payne and superintendent Christina Kishimoto during a community meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019 at Leilehua High School in Wahiawa. Board of Education chair Catherine Payne and superintendent Christina Kishimoto presided over a community meeting to hear concerns about the use of herbicides and pesticides on DOE school campuses. Many community members are concerned about the herbicide Roundup but DOE insists that the product is not used on Hawaii public school campuses. Its fact sheet says that herbicide use is not permitted on campuses and no products containing glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Roundup, are approved for use at schools.

The greenery grows quickly in Hawaii. A lapse of even a few weeks in grass-mowing and weed-whacking can leave landscaped stretches noticeably scruffy. Read more

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