STOP POISONING PARADISE:
DEFEND ORDINANCE 960
An Archived Site documenting the historic 2013 victory and efforts of families, teachers, farmers and health professionals on Kaua‘i (Hawai‘i)
ABOUT ORDINANCE 960
In November 2013 against tremendous challenges, a broad coalition of Kaua'i moms, health care professionals, farmers, and civic leaders successfully won a historic law, Ordinance 960 (formerly Bill 2491), a Kaua'i County law that addresses excessive pesticide use by GMO companies on our island.
Now, those agrochemical companies (Dow, Syngenta, Pioneer and BASF) are challenging the victory of the people in federal court. Their key argument is that the people of Kaua'i and their democratically elected County leaders do not have the legal right to protect their children, the land and the island's future.
Kaua'i is ground zero for GMO test seed experimentation and GMO seed development by companies such as Syngenta, BASF, Pioneer (a DuPont subsidiary) and Dow AgroSciences.
GMO seed test sites require dangerously heavy levels of pesticide application - at a scale and intensity far greater than conventional agriculture.
Over the past three years an estimated 60 tons of hazardous "restricted use" pesticides* have been applied on Kaua'i land. Paradise is being poisoned.
Pesticides such as 2,4-D (a derivative of Agent Orange), Dicamba, Atrazine and chlorpyrifos are applied near our homes, schools, workplaces and places of worship.
In November 2013 Coalition supporters successfully convinced the Kaua'i County Council to stand up for the island's families and children by supporting the public's Right to Know what chemicals are being applied, and when and where they are applied. Ordinance 960 also provides for buffer zones that would help reduce the constant dust that drifts into homes and schools. Without these basic protections, the Kaua'i community is powerless to protect itself and children from harm. Children and families are getting sick. Land and water quality are being contaminated.
With its victory of Ordinance 960, the people of Kaua'i would have gotten disclosure and other protections starting in October 2013 from the heaviest agricultural users of restricted use pesticides. Twenty-two (22) different restricted use pesticides are applied by four GMO companies on Kaua'i.*
"Their use constitutes approximately 98% of the restricted use pesticides utilized by agricultural operations on Kaua‘i.” said Kaua’i County Council member Gary Hooser, a co-sponsor of Ordinance 960, “We care very much about supporting our local farmers. The thresholds of this bill do not affect them. We need to protect our children."
Nurseries, landscapers, golf courses and tourism destinations are likewise not affected by Ordinance 960, as their levels of restricted use pesticides are miniscule in comparison to the levels of the heaviest users.
**These figures represent highly concentrated, pre-diluted pesticide amounts that can generate sprayable pesticide by factors as high as 1:80 or more
***Restricted Use Pesticides Sold on Kaua'i ; 2010-2012
News from the PASS THE BILL campaign.
Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman October 24, 2013 (at 11 min mark)
PBS Newshour: GMO Seeds Grow Into Big Fight on Kaua'i
October 20, 2013
In the Media - Articles on the Pass the Bill Campaign!
The Huffington Post: Chemical Corporations Tremble at Kaua'i's Unwavering Determination, October 11, 2013
Honolulu Star-Advertiser article by Derrick DePledge, September 29, 2013
Press Photos from the Mana March: The Largest March in Kaua'i History! September 8, 2013
PART II: GMO & Pesticide Experiments in Hawaii: Kauai's Right to Know,
Wage Earners Have a Right to Know (showing how farm workers can also be supporters of Bill 2491)
The Garden Island: Attorney: Pesticides at Waimea Canyon Middle School Violates Federal Law, July 14, 2013
Our Simple Right to Know, July 9, 2013
The Huffington Post: GMO & Pesticide Experiments on Kaua'i, July 2, 2013
The Garden Island;
Hooser Introduces GMO Bill, Lead story for Friday, June 21, 2013.
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NEW! Silence and Dodging: SHARE THIS YouTube video WIDELY! Watch agrochemical company representatives sit silently or deflect straightforward questions by Council Member Gary Hooser at the September 9, 2013 Committee Hearing.
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Learn the Facts about GMO pesticide use on Kaua'i and around the world. Find out about the health impacts of restricted use pesticides used by GMO companies on our precious island.
List of Violations on Kaua'i by Dow, Syngenta, Pioneer and BASF
Issue Brief: Paraquat, Atrazine and Chlorpyrifos are the Highest Volume Restricted Use Pesticides used on Kaua'i
IMPORTANT VIDEO: Waimea Attorney Presentation: Documented Misrepre-sentations by Pioneer and New Discovery Results re: Pesticide Usage in Waimea
List of Pesticides Used by DuPont Pioneer in West Kaua'i (obtained by Waimea attorneys)
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