Waimea a good example of ‘Silent Spring’

Waimea may be one of the best examples of “Silent Spring,” written by Rachel Carson and published in 1962. “Silent Spring” describes corporate damage to the environment by spraying pesticides and corporate cover ups. In Waimea, chemical companies spray 17 times more restricted-use insecticides per acre than on ordinary cornfields in the U.S. mainland, reports the Center for Food Safety.

“Barely detectable levels of pesticides are enough to damage the coral,” said Australian biologist Andrew Negri. “As corals are symbiotic organisms, the insecticides are most likely to affect the host animal, whereas the herbicides can affect the symbiotic microalgae, which provide corals with energy,” he said. “Also, several protected marine species rest or breed on the island’s beaches, including the highly endangered Hawaiian monk seal and the threatened green sea turtle. Occasionally, an endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtle will wander close in (GMO giants’ pesticide use threatens rare Hawaiian species, June 17, 2014).”

A new study published Frontiers in Ecology and Environment reports, “Glyphosate raises phosphorous levels, contributing through runoff to harmful algal blooms and de-oxygenation in water bodies, killing fish,” summarizes The Organic &Non-GMO Report, May / June 2019.

What about possible damage to people in Waimea from chlorpyrifos? Chlorpyrifos was developed during World War II as a nerve gas (Wikipedia). The Center for Food Safety reports chlorpyrifos is measured to be consistently blowing through a Waimea school (“Pesticides in Paradise,” p. 46).

Studies show hidden brain defects which identify prenatal exposures to chlorpyrifos. These studies using magnetic resonant imaging (MRI) find parts of the outside of the brain indented, which is associated with lower IQ scores. Imagine a slightly deflated Wilson NCAA basketball which compresses where you push it in. Please go to https://www.pnas.org/content/109/20/7871 and see MRI brain pictures, with red areas representing “outward deformations” of the cortex and blue showing shrunken cortex from chlorpyrifos. This describes the outside of the child’s brain which was exposed to chlorpyrifos when the mother was pregnant.

Dow (renamed DowDuPont after its 2017 merger with DuPont) likely knew for decades that its widely used chlorpyrifos insecticide is harmful to humans — especially children and developing fetuses. But the company hid that information from regulators, both in the U.S. and European Union, according to the study published in Environmental Health, June 16, 2018.

Why hasn’t the Environmental Protection Agency banned chlorpyrifos and Roundup spraying in Waimea? The EPA can’t be trusted. The EPA is in the pocket of DowDupont and Monsanto.

For example, the EPA is helping the profits of Bayer (who bought out Monsanto) by claiming glyphosate is not carcinogenic. A paper published in Environmental Sciences Europe, 2019, explains why the EPA and International Agency for Research on Cancer differ regarding glyphosate and cancer. The EPA, which used unpublished Monsanto sources, found 99% of evidence that glyphosate is not genotoxic (carcinogenic). The IARC relied on published scientific studies and found 74% of studies indicate glyphosate is genotoxic. This paper shows that the EPA’s cancer classification is scientifically baseless (Organic &Non-GMO Report, March / April 2019).

Unlike the EPA, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which is connected to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) recently identified evidence linking non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Roundup (The Organic &Non-GMO Report, May / June 2019).

Mutagen Reviews, published February 2019, notes the increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from exposure to glyphosate.

Environmental Health released a study in March 2019 which found low levels of glyphosate “induced endocrine effects and altered reproductive developmental parameters in male and female rats.”

Scientific Reports, published April, 2019, showed second- and third-generation rats suffered damage from the first generation of rats being exposed to glyphosate. “The transgenerational pathologies observed include prostate disease, obesity, kidney disease, ovarian disease and parturition (birth) abnormalities.” Analysis of the rats’ DNA led to the conclusion, “glyphosate can induce the transgenerational inheritance of disease and germline (e.g., sperm) epimutations.”

Please see a list of 36 relevant research studies on the negative health effects of biotech products, mostly covering Monsanto’s glyphosate, at https://www.gmoseralini.org/research-papers/.

There are about 11,000 lawsuits lined up against Bayer (Monsanto) for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from exposure to Roundup.

“Whitewash,” written by journalist Carey Gillman, reviews Monsanto’s strategic deception about the safety of Roundup.


Will M. Davis is a resident of Lihue.

  1. WILL DAVIS June 30, 2019 8:25 am Reply

    I apologize I made a mistake in this letter. There are only 1,100 law suits lined up against Bayer (Monsanto) for non-Hodgkins lymphoma from exposure to glyphosate, NOT 11,000.

  2. James Kuroiwa, Jr. June 30, 2019 11:28 am Reply

    Are the fresh water minnows, oopu and opae getting sick and dying? What about the baby mullet and papio? And the opelu and akule around the pier? Anyone looked at the sand crabs and turtles (crabs)? Residents getting sick, especially the children?

  3. Pete Antonson July 2, 2019 12:57 pm Reply

    Will Davis, you would be better served using your google time to study the local newspaper reports and debates between 2013 and 2017. You think you stepped off the Mainland plane into a sleepy village unaware of it’s plight. We went through 4 long years of this stuff, pal. It completely divided the community. People were wearing different colored shirts during that time to indicate partisanship. “Pesticides in Paradise” has hardly a single fact in it and was produced at the height of the madness and serves as a good example of the wild propaganda this community had to sort through. The “Tons and tons sprayed” was exposed as made up as was the birth defect links. All of this designed to emotionally charge this community. The Berkeley carpetbaggers either went home or took waitress jobs. Except for one Kalaheo letter writer, peace returned to Kauai.
    Now, you want to recycle all this. Get in touch with the History of it starting with the visit of Vandana Shiva, Jan. 24, 2013. Follow the money from an antiGMO trust in Minnesota to Hawaii Seed who financed it all. Find out who Hawaii Seed’s Walter Ritte Jr and family are and what they’re really up to. Most of all, go to the Westside and take a free tour of the experimental and investigative agricultural work being done on problems sent from all over the world. It’s very different from the visions you been filled with by activists who never set foot on a Westside Farm!

  4. Will Davis July 2, 2019 6:19 pm Reply

    Dear Mr Antonson,
    Thanks for going over the history of this issue, which you mention divides the community. I really believe genetic literacy and using DNA, the blueprint of life, are brilliant strategies and are of utmost importance.
    In 2009 I lived in India. I am a student of the Sanskrit language and a lover of unified quantum field theories which I believe have safer solutions for genetic problems in agriculture. I am a big fan of physicist Dr Vandana Shiva. I moved to Kauai in October, 2014, and have visited close friends in Waimea frequently.

    Do you recognize the following 8 articles and their author, in TGI? They give a good review of the problems connected with pesticides in Waimea.

    *March 24, 2015 Ideas for Employment in Hawaii (about establishing routine hospital testing for genetic toxins like Bt-Cry1Ab & glyphosate) https://www.thegardenisland.com/2015/03/24/opinion/letters-for-march-24-2015/

    *Sept 7, 2015 Report Indicates the Danger of Pesticides (Center for Food Safety’s report for protecting children, with 270 references, many scientific, including, American Academy of Pediatrics report, Pesticide Exposure in Children)

    *Oct 12, 2015 Monsanto’s GMO safety studies didn’t go long enough (Monsanto’s rat studies used only 90 days instead of ethically and statistically required 2 years)

    *Dec 31, 2015 FDA corruption deserves community forum (regarding placing Monsanto’s attorney, Michael Taylor, in charge of FDA approving Monsanto’s food products, a conflict of interest)

    *Jan 30, 2016 Use Legal Means to Protect Hawaii Children (using the courts as 2 successful French court cases which (1) punished a person for using forgery to promote Monsanto; and (2) punished another person who used defamation tactics to promote Monsanto)

    *May 2, 2016 EPA, USDA, and FDA working for biotech firms, not our safety (better roll up your windows while driving through Waimea to avoid chlorpyrifos exposure)

    *Jun 8, 2016 Pesticides are cause of concern in other countries (European Union, Russia, & China have more intelligent safety restrictions than the US for genetically engineered foods)

    *Aug 25, 2016 Reasons to be wary of glyphosate (Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity, Lancet Neurology, 2014)

    Being friends and discussing these things is most important.
    Will M. Davis

  5. Pete Antonson July 3, 2019 5:46 pm Reply

    Vandana Shiva is a proven charlatan and fraud. So is Seralini. There is no place in my life for those who admire charlatans and frauds and seek to spread their lies for partisan purposes. You sir, are rubbing #60 sandpaper on the areas this community is healing. You are not qualified to comment on this matter and you have not even visited your targets. Your behavior is the opposite of noble!

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