Why is this fight so important?
People across Hawai‘i are concerned with the large agrochemical research operations on our islands that grow seeds genetically engineered to withstand high levels of pesticides.
"The Hawaiian islands have become a global epicenter for field testing new genetically engineered (GE or GMO) crops - dramatically driving up pesticide use on the islands." Pesticide Action Network, "Pesticides in Paradise" Report
Pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health hazards, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to chronic impacts like cancer, reproductive harm, and endocrine disruption. (Toxic Action Center)
And the impacts on children are even more concerning. (See the article in Journal for the American Association of Pediatrics.)
On Kaua‘i alone, these research operations account for approximately 18 tons per year of "Restricted Use" * Pesticides.
*Restricted Use Pesticides make up approximately a quarter of total pesticides used in agriculture. Due to the toxicity characteristics of RUP's, EPA requires that RUPs are applied only by or under the direct supervision of trained and certified applicators.
EPA classifies pesticides into two categories: general use pesticides and restricted use pesticides. Roundup, with its active ingredient, glyphosate, is a general use, not a restricted use pesticide.
Here is a list of some of the pesticides being sprayed on Hawai‘i research fields up to 240 days/year on average from 2007-2012:
|Bacillus thuringiensis||Tribenuron methyl|
These chemicals are being sprayed within feet of our homes, schools, streams and ocean - turning parts of Hawai‘i into "one of the most toxic agricultural environments in all of American agriculture." Cascadia Times, June 2014.
We can, and must, do better than this. H.A.P.A. is fighting for transparency and accountability to protect Hawaii's keiki, kupuna, ‘aina, our families and the agricultural workers who are exposed to these chemicals.
What can you do?
A safer, healthier and fairer future for Hawai‘i is in your hands.
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