War, Then & Now

SUBHEAD: Hawaii legislation to allow aerial application of fertilizers, conditioners, insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides.

By Michael Shooltz on 5 February 2013 in Island Breath -

Image above: Aerial spraying of pesticides on corn crop. From (http://heartlandbeat.com/2011/07/it%E2%80%99s-a-bird-no-it%E2%80%99s-a-plane/).

During the Viet Nam war the United States sprayed massive amounts of Agent Orange on the Vietnamese jungles in an effort to kill all living vegetation and eliminate the hiding places and trails used by the Viet Cong. It was very successful in achieving those goals, but also resulted in generations of children being born with horrible deformities. This spraying of Agent Orange, with it's 2-4D chemical component, was considered an Act of War.

Today, here in Hawaii, our legislators, urged on by the chemical companies  (Pioneer, Syngenta, DOW, DuPont, Monsanto) who have invaded our islands, are now promoting the spraying of this same chemical, as well as seventy other pesticides and herbicides upon us and our island. However, our legislators want to call it something else. According to Hawaii SB 590, rather than acknowledging this spraying as an Act of  War, they now would like to call it, "Generally Accepted Farming Practices".

According to SB 590 these acceptable practices include the following:
(4) Ground and aerial seeding and spraying;
(5) The application of fertilizers, conditioners, insecticides, pesticides, & herbicides.
SB 590 goes on to say that anyone who objects to these practices will be considered a "Nuisance", and such "Nuisance Lawsuits" will not be allowed. There are already many here on Kauai who are experiencing the serious health effects of the GMO spraying who have a very different perspective on who and what the real "Nuisances" are here in our islands.

Please be a "Nuisance" now and express your opinions to your elected officials before our legislators, through SB 590, make your right to express and act upon your opinions illegal.

• Michael Shooltz is a Kauai progressive activist writing on behalf of Kauai Rising. Contact at KauaiRising@gmail.com

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