You may have heard of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), but did you know Kauai is ground-zero for GMO testing? Over the past 150 years, Kauai's lush land (a'ina) has been used for sugar cane production and later ranching. Now much of the land in the south and west has been sold to big agricultural companies, including subsidiaries of DOW chemical, Dupont, Monsanto, Syngenta and others. These companies are using the year-round growing season and perennial rainfall to do GMO-testing and its companion chemicals, the pesticides used to kill everything but the GMO product. It is estimated that 98% of restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) on Kauai come from just five companies, and worldwide six companies control 70 percent of pesticide use. Even more disheartening, there are several reported instances of how these chemicals have been sprayed and resulted in entire communities being sickened, including an entire school evacuation:
Ordinance 960 establishes buffer zones around sensitive areas such as schools and hospitals, mandates disclosure of pesticide use, and instructs Kauaʻi County to complete a health and environmental impact study.
Please visit StopPoisoningParadise.org for further information and how you can get involved in protecting