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Letter: DOE herbicide ban a knee-jerk reaction


    Kuike Kamakea-Ohelo speaks 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 state Department of Education’s herbicide ban seems to be a typical knee-jerk government reaction with unintended consequences (“Herbicides banned on Hawaii public school campuses, superintendent says,” Star-Advertiser, June 26). Read more

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