Regulating the agrochemical industry — a five-year journey
The passage of SB3095CD1 marks an auspicious moment in the legislative history surrounding pesticide regulation in Hawaii. Now on its way to the desk of Gov. David Ige, SB3095CD1 contains a “first in the nation” ban on the use of chlorpyrifos, phased in gradually over four years. Chlorpyrifos is a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP), a neurotoxin that was originally developed to be used as a nerve gas in World War II and is highly dangerous to children and pregnant women. Chlorpyrifos is used through-out Hawaii in industrial agriculture. In addition the measure contains a statewide RUP reporting mandate and other important protections.
Thank you Gary for your tireless efforts to bring to light the seriousness of the the damage inflicted on the Hawaiian people by the chemical industries. You are an inspiration to anyone who cares about putting the needs of the people above the interests of corporate entities. Bravo to you and all those who helped make this first step possible!
@truth be known. What damage are you alledging? there has not been any damage caused by chemical industries. please cite evidence.
“A prohibition against using RUP’s within 100 feet of school grounds during school hours (excluding termite fumigation).”
– Soooo, let’s just leave out the BIGGEST USER OF RUP’s, especially after the front page news of the EPA investigation into their questionable and unlawful methods and record keeping here on Kauai…
“The summary data by county will allow residents the information needed to make a more informed decision as to where they choose to live, work, play or go to school.”
– The summary data will allow residents the information they need to make inflammatory claims and conjecturable lawsuits against those companies they despise.
Gary and cohorts, congratulations on finally setting fire to the pyres. I’m sure you’re all basking in the putrid fumes of the final fruition of your years long witch hunt. Enjoy.
Mr. Hooser, mahalo nui loa to you and others who have fought tirelessly to get to this moment. The battle is by no means over, as this legislation awaits signature by Governor Ige, and could face both legal challenges by the agrochemical companies along with edicts and legal maneuvers from the Trump administration (particularly the EPA). Final resolution may take several more years.
But make no mistake: Today is a landmark. Other states will watch this closely. This is not the end, but the beginning. And for that, I salute you and so many others who proved that people power works.
Wouldn’t it be funny if * truth be known * was actually Gary Hooser.
Let me interrupt the trump style credit taking for just a moment. Did any of you notice that not a single word was offered as to what will take the banned products place? If the most used, by a long shot, product represents the safest (if properly used) and most effective product the industry has to offer, then what will banning it unleash upon us? Wouldn’t you like to know? Does Gary know? Does he care, or will it just perpetuate more fundraising?
To sum up:
Gary won’t tell you about what is being unleashed.
Gary either doesn’t know or doesn’t care.
Don’t be like Gary!
Well, no one could Call Hoosier a BS artist…but he is! 5 years, indeed! This is and always has been an anti Ag, anti GMO crusade from the start.Now, because of the impending election year, any politician looking for “cover”, will definitely vote for a bill the “protects our keiki”…which it really does no better than not having any further regulation at all, since restricted use pesticides are voluntarily report by the industry to a state website, and have been for a few years. Now, it will be at the expense of Hawaii Taxpayers, who will now. pay for this political cover! If this legislation were to actually protect “our keiki”, why exempt “indoor applications of pesticides” and both indoor and outdoor application of pesticides to control termites? So if you’re claiming the bill is needed to “protect keiki,” why would you allow them to be exposed to pesticides within their classrooms? Fooled…lied to again by the “anti’s” again, voters. Meanwhile a real health threat to our keiki goes unfunded and unreported by the “champions” who claim responsibility for this sham, and that is LEAD poisoning in those under 3 years of age. Know what the tolerable level of lead is? Well, there isn’t one! As reported in April 2017 in the Star Bulletin March 5th, 2017, out of approx 59,00 keiki tested, there were found to be 1765 tested positive for elevated levels of lead: almost 3%. And, has testing been expanded to include ALL keiki under the age of 3 ( because of you have lead poisoning at the age of 5…its already done it’s damage to brain and nervous system development). Naturally, not too much political cover in this non-manufactured health crisis, nor is there much grant money for CFS and Gary’s H.A.P.A “charity”. Of course it some senators lack the “balls” to refuse to be taken in by a continuation of thsi con game run by the “Anti’s, why woule we expect them to react to a true, proven health crisis involving the “keiki” they say they care so much about? The legislature has once again, proven what “influence peddlers” they really are. Especially disappointed in Rep. Dee Morikawa for her flip flop on this “agro chemical” ( as Hoosier like to refer to it as) debacle. Shame on all of you!
TGI, where’s the rest of the comments on this piece? This is a contentious topic (and author) so obviously there are more comments than just this one, including my own, that I submitted yesterday…
Congratulations on your success banning chlorpyrifos and the other significant provisions in this legislative action. I know it was a long process and, like virtually every law, it looks quite different now than where you started. But, the significance is not lost on those of us who work on these types of issues every day. Good luck as you move to implementation and enforcement. We’ll be watching closely.
It’s amazing to see people voicing their desire to let poison be applied to our tiny island, much less anywhere else and on our food.
We should hold a poison drinking contest for the pro poison stalwarts.
Mahalo Gary for all of your hard work over the years. Although a stronger bill would have been nice, it’s a big step in the right direction, especially for my grandkids and all the other “littles” in my family who are just starting out in their lives on Kauai.
More revisionist history by Hooser. All this bill does is give him and his HAPA group, Center for Food Safety and the other anti-ag groups another opportunity to fundraise. It does absolutely nothing to protect anyone. What a crock!
If they were really seriously concerned about pesticide exposure, they would have included termite treatment. But no, it’s exempt.
Too bad Dee and Nadine went along with this sham.
Growing hemp on all the land that the seed companies use would create a better economy for the island and the best part we would stop wasting millions of dollars fighting and deliberating the pesticides issues. Those who are adamant on stopping and creating the havoc with these companies are just as bad as the companies. Enuff already. There would not be a pesticide issue period, but for some reason the BS from the mouths just continue and it’s getting really old and not a productive way to move on. Oh and I forgot it’s to easy of a solution for the minds of those who would rather argue than see it have a cost effective with win solution in place .
FYI: there are now on the mainland tenting companies who use only heat to kill termites.
No chemicals and no poisons, and no poisons left in your house after the renting is pau.
For many in Waimea, it has been 18 years!!!! Mahalo to Ron Kouchi for listening to us and to Dee for flip-flopping as she didn’t give us her support for the past l7 years!!!!!!!!