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Little Kaua'i hands biotech a big defeat

Steve Holt
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Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:26 CDT

Landmark island-wide 'Right to Know' bill passes council, moves on to Mayor's desk.

Since the 1990s, there's been trouble in Paradise. Biotech companies - including Monsanto, Dow, and Syngenta - have used the fragile Hawaiian ecosystem on the island of Kaua'i to test and refine their pesticides, herbicides, and other agrichemical products. Some of these testing fields, 15,000 acres in total, are near schools, homes, hospitals and waterways, putting many residents on the tiny island at risk of exposure.

Following the landmark passage of a bill by the Kaua'i County Council this week, Kaua'i residents are one step closer to greater peace of mind. A new law passed Wednesday would require the largest biotech companies to report and publicly disclose the pesticides and genetically engineered crops used on the island, and would prohibit all pesticide use near schools, medical facilities, parks and waterways that flow into the ocean. Kaua'i County would also be required to study and report on the environmental and health impacts of pesticides and GE crops.

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Grassroots Power

West side, where big GMO fields are, has been seeing a great increase in health problems: increased allergies and respiratory ailments, increased incidence of childhood seizures, increase in various unpleasant symptoms. "Protecting the keiki" is a common heard rallying cry for all kinds of political action in the islands, and this time twas well utilized.

Compare this to Maui, where GMO company financed new police station. Lots of money at stake and Kauai grassroots power prevailed in this decisive victory - though "war" is hardly over.

I love Kauai

I was my home for a time... In my heart, it still is.

Good for Kauai! One step closer toward living Pono

Still has...

...a special place in my heart -- and I was only there for 10 days on our honeymoon :).

Love the rural feel there -- kayaking the Wailua, hiking the Kalalau, discovering Waimea Canyon, flying over the Na Pali Coast, horseback riding on the South Shore, Duane's Ono Char Burger, hula pie, real shaved ice on macadamia ice cream -- ready to go back. :)

Mmmm. Ono burger! Memories...

Don't miss Tahati Nui...stop in and say hi to Richard "The Mayor of Hanalei" :)

UN Agenda takes Kaua'i

won't be long and there won't be any flights there.

EXPLAIN

PLEASEEE

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown