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“Research shows pesticide links to delays in neurological development, endocrine abnormalities, behavioral issues and an increase in childhood cancers such as leukemia. Why wouldn’t you have buffers around schools? Why wouldn’t you have knowledge about what’s being sprayed?”


                                                 - Dr. Lee Evslin

                              Pediatrician and Retired CEO 

Wilcox Memorial Hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic



“Teachers believe that it is critical that students learn in schools that are free from the effects of proven biological hazards that cause harm to children and adults. This is a collective policy that has been abetted by both the National Educational Association (NEA) and the Hawaii State Teachers Association members.”



- Felicia Villalobos

Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA)

Kauai Chapter 


"Atrazine, other pesticides and surfactants have been found in streams and nearshore waters even though best management practices were supposedly used. No more should contaminate our waters. We need full disclosure to study the impacts these chemicals are having on our soil, water and wildlife."


- Dr. Carl Berg

Surfrider Foundation



“As a mother the biggest disservice I can do to my children, grandchildren and generations to come is to leave them with an `aina that can no longer sustain them. T

This bill is so important, it is the first step for us to really start to claim our kuleana as keepers of this land.”


- Malia Chun

Mother, Educator and Kekaha Resident



“As farmers, we know how important healthy soil is to our island’s long-term food security and economic well-being. We are also very concerned that bees, which are critical to the food supply, are being affected by these pesticides. As an organic farm inspector, I have seen first-hand beekeepers in the State lose their ability to sell certified organic honey because their forage areas have been compromised by neighboring GMO fields.”


- Louisa Wooton

Farmer and Owner, Kauai Kunana Dairy










More Testimonies
Labor Unions ENDORSE 2491!
The Hawaii Nurses Association
Local 5 Hawaii
Hawaii State Teachers Assoc.
Hawaii Farmers Union
 ALL ENDORSE Bill 2491!
As a labor organization, we understand the importance of protecting good jobs for our local people. We also recognize that we need to take control of our health and the long-term economic sustainability of our communities. Hawaii is our home, and it can be a place for us to continue to work, play and raise our families.
        --Local 5 Endorsement Statement
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