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TAKE ACTION: Tell Hawaii's Leaders to Stop Poisoning Paradise!


Environment  (tags: politics, conservation, destruction, healthconditions, protection )

Beverly
- 419 days ago - action.fooddemocracynow.org
Stand up to stop indiscriminate use of toxic pesticides and unlimited experimental GMO crops on Hawaii!



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Beverly M. (85)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:35 pm
Right now a major battle is heating up on the islands regarding pesticides and experimental GMOs that could impact our collective future and we need your help.

In the past four months, GMO activists in Hawaii have held the largest protests and marches to stop Monsanto in the history of the islands. While widely known as a beloved tourist destination to millions of vacationers worldwide, in reality Hawaii has a dark side that Monsanto and the giant chemical and biotech companies don’t want you to know about.

For over 20 years, the Hawaiian Islands have become ground zero for open air field trials of the biotech industry’s toxic chemicals and experimental GMO crops. Tests have shown that the biotech industry’s harmful chemicals are contaminating local air and water sources that expose island residents and vacationers alike.

Even worse, at least 10 schools on Hawaii are only 100 yards away from GMO chemical fields, potentially endangering Hawaii’s school children's health for the sake of profits for the chemical and biotech companies.

But the Hawaiian people have had enough and want the right to know if they and their children are being exposed to toxic pesticides.

This Wednesday, July 31, a public hearing is being held by the Kauai City Council regarding a common sense “Right to Know” bill - Bill 2491 - that puts public health ahead of biotech profits by limiting Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs). It prohibits open air testing of experimental pesticides and experimental GMO’s while publicly disclosing pesticide use on the islands. This bill is unprecedented and necessary but needs your help to pass.

Tell the leaders of Hawaii it’s time to stop poisoning paradise and start protecting the islands’ biodiversity, its people and tourists or you’ll take your next vacation elsewhere! As long as they poison paradise, you’re boycotting Hawaii for good! Every voice counts!

Each year, tourists spend more than $14 billion on Hawaii’s islands to experience the paradise of sandy beaches and soak in the sun, not the chemical and biotech industry’s toxic pesticides and experimental GMO pollen. Last year, more than 8 million tourists visited the tropical paradise that employs more than 167,000 island residents who make a living supporting tourism.

Currently citizens of Kauai have no legal right to know what toxic chemicals are being sprayed in their communities, but passing Bill 2491 could change that.

Toxic Pesticide Drift Impacts Local Schools and Children

Tests have confirmed that at least 3 Restricted Use Pesticides contaminated a local school on the Garden Island of Kauai, such as the toxic herbicide Atrazine, which has been banned in Europe since 2004 due to serious health problems, including cancer, birth defects and reproductive issues.

In 2005, Atrazine, manufactured by Syngenta, was found in Kauai’s drinking water and in 2006 and 2008 children and teachers at a school in Waimea were sickened on several occasions, including one incident where at least 10 children were rushed to the local hospital.

This doesn’t sound like the island paradise that is promoted by the Hawaiian tourism industry, does it?

Yes on Bill 2491 – A Reasonable Public Disclosure Bill About Pesticides and GMOs!

Bill 2491 specifically applies only to large industrial agricultural operations that use large amounts of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP’s). 99% of these very toxic substances are used by just 5 companies on Kauai – Syngenta, BASF, Pioneer DuPont and Dow, who occupy nearly all of the leased agricultural lands in west Kauai - over 15,000 acres in close proximity to schools, residences, churches, and hospitals.

According to University of Hawaii Professor Dr. Hector Valenzuela, every year, giant biotech chemical corporations spray at least 99 different pesticides on Hawaii. On Kauai, they dump over 36,000 pounds of 22 different types of Restricted Use Pesticides and an additional estimated 160,000 pounds of General Use Pesticides (glyphosate, Round Up and other).

Tell the leaders of Hawaii as long as they poison paradise, you’re boycotting Hawaii for good! Every voice counts!

What happens in Hawaii, doesn’t stay in Hawaii! Please use your voice today to tell Hawaii’s leaders that you’re paying attention and expect them to support the people, not Monsanto and Syngenta!

 

AniMae Chi (407)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:52 pm
Thanks for taking action to stop indiscriminate pesticide use and experimental GMOs
 

Mary T. (298)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:35 pm
Signed & Noted - thank you Beverly
 

Lynn Juozilaitis (141)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:42 pm
Thank you! Signed
 

LMj Sunshine (127)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:44 pm
TY!!!
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:34 am
Done-thx
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:36 am
Done.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 29, 2013, 11:04 am

Thanks for taking action to stop indiscriminate pesticide use and experimental GMOs - now please pass it on!
 

Ben Oscarsito (339)
Monday July 29, 2013, 12:08 pm
Done!
 

Hugo L. (267)
Monday July 29, 2013, 2:19 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Beverly
 

Sharon Davidson (348)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:02 pm
read signed and passed on thanks
 

Frances Darcy (220)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:59 am
done
 

Judy C. (107)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:22 am
Signed. Thanks Beverly.
 

Barry T. (859)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:10 am
SIGNED & SHARED.], THANKS
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:00 am
petition signed
 

Elizabeth O. (87)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:32 am
Signed.
 

Ruth L. (299)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:09 pm
Signed/noted Thanks Beverly
 

Mike M. (53)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:09 pm
N&S
 

chantal v. (336)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:11 pm
Signed, thank you!
 

Betty Kelly (2)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:16 pm
GMOs & chemicals [insectsides] are the beginning of the end to the Bees & birds that we must have to preserve our food supply. Please don't allow these killers to be used on your beautiful land.
 

Sara W. (110)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:23 pm
Already signed. Thanks for posting! I was just in Kauai this month and the locals have 'GMO Free Zone' and 'No GMOS' signs everywhere. It was rather encouraging to see them fighting it. If only the mainland was united against it like they are!
 

Mandi T. (427)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:31 pm
Done
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:32 pm
GMOs and pesticides are destroying natural life around the planet.

If accurate attribution of health and environmental costs were assessed and these giant polluting corporations were made to pay for the damage and destruction that they cause, not only would the profit motive disappear, but they'd be bankrupt and out of business.
 

Valerie H. (135)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:41 pm
Thank you - signed
 

Susan B. (64)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:43 pm
Signed
 

Shanti S. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:07 pm
Thank you.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:08 pm
signed & noted
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:15 pm
Signed, thanks Beverly, keep the petitions coming!
 

Alice C. (1797)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:16 pm
signed and shared
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:21 pm
Green star to you Beverly!
 

Dori C. (17)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:01 pm
signed.
 

Dave C. (214)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:21 pm
done, thanks.
 

Yvonne Taylor (41)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:08 pm
Signed and shared, thank you.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:38 pm
Signed and Noted!
 

Jeremy S. (2)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:42 pm
Another tourist destination ruined. What's next, painting the White Cliffs of Dover blue?
 

norma laborie (32)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:02 pm
signed
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:03 pm
Done, thanks Beverly.
 

ER C. (65)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:23 pm

SIGNED & SHARED
 

Edo R. (71)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:43 pm
Thanks for sharing
 

S J. (116)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:58 pm
Done, thanks Beverly.
 

James Doeppers (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:19 pm
Thanks
 

Christeen Anderson (493)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:22 pm
Signed.
 

Ellen Kent (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:26 pm
Signed/Sent
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:32 pm
Signed, shared & noted. Thank you, Beverly.
 

Aurea Walker (201)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:03 pm
N & S good grief, there is no accountability from these corrupt and destructive companies! Hope they have better luck stopping this destruction on their beautiful islands than we are here on the mainland.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:09 pm
Signed two days ago and forwarded. We all must force these poisons out of existence by refusing to buy anything that is sprayed or infused with them! ORGANIC ONLY.
 

Nikki B. (129)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:24 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Beverly.
 

Mike H. (221)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:36 pm
Noted & signed
 

Aaron Bouchard (130)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:42 pm
signed and noted thanks
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:59 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Wannee Tinaphong (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:32 pm
signed
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:58 pm
noted and signed
 

Inge Bjorkman (142)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:39 pm
Signed

Love
 

GGmaSheila D. (171)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:29 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you.
 

Victoria Pohrebna (269)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:26 am
Thanks for taking action to stop indiscriminate pesticide use and experimental GMOs - now please pass it on! Every voice counts!
 

Lona Goudswaard (70)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:25 am
S&N, thanks for posting.
 

Ludger W. (72)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:33 am
done
 

Dianne D. (463)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:36 am
signed
 

Marija Mohoric (50)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:14 pm
signed, tks for sharing
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 7:56 pm
Thanks for taking action to stop indiscriminate pesticide use and experimental GMOs - now please pass it on! Every voice counts!
 

BA R. (6)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 10:04 am

SIGNED
 

Yvonne F. (173)
Friday August 9, 2013, 4:25 am
Signed!!! Thanks Beverly
 
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