If you are on Kauai, please turn out today for the public hearing on County Council Bill 2491, which would “protect the public’s right to know about the GMO crops being grown here and the toxic chemicals being used on these crops that may harm our health and our environment,” according to bill co-sponsor Gary Hooser.
The doors to the Kauai Veterans Center (near the airport on Kapule Highway) open at about noon. Wear red or yellow if you support the bill.
For the record, Bill 2491 will NOT affect 99% of Kauai’s local farmers. I deem this claim as false propaganda by the five GMO companies operating on Kauai, who are the sole focus of the bill. The GMO companies apparently hope to scare local farmers into opposing the bill. I invite you to reject the tactic of misleading the public.
Bill 2491 does four things:
1) Calls for full disclosure by GMO companies of all chemicals used on their crops.
2) Calls for a temporary moratorium on new GMO crops.
3) Calls for a permitting process for all GMO crops, which may include an independent environmental impact statement.
Calls for a buffer zone of 500 feet from schools, hospitals, rivers, etc, where the toxins used on these GMO crop fields may cause harm.
In my opinion, this is a limited and reasonable step toward the regulation of GMO practices that already are causing measurable harm, which is why physicians and nurses on Kauai are publicly endorsing the bill. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Come today and hear the testimonies.
More information is available at http://www.stoppoisoningparadise.org/