Report on Kauai GMO pesticides

SUBHEAD: Health care practitioners and national organization reveal intensity of pesticide on Garden Island.

By Pass the Bill Coalition on 30 July 2013  in Island Breath -

Image above: Tourist stands among the acres of Syngenta's open field GMO/Pesticide test fields on the Mana Plain that are on the way to Polihale State Park. From (

A new report, "Pesticides in Paradise: Kauai Test Fields",  released today. 7/30/13. by the international research organization, Pesticide Action Network, shines a spotlight on the high levels of Restricted Use Pesticides applied on Kauai, which has become one of the world's "epicenters" for biotech seed testing and experimentation.

The report raises a new level of awareness with the scientific and health research community about the situations faced by "fence line" communities that live near open-air, testing-based biotech research facilities.

Research and experimentation through open-air testing by biotech agrochemical companies on Kauai require approximately 18 tons of Restricted Use Pesticides annually.  Over 13,000 acres in west Kaua'i are under the control of the companies, constituting almost the entirety of cultivatable agricultural lands in west Kauai.

Parents and the medical community began to raise concerns over the past several years about the possible links between disease rates and the heavy application of Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) applications near their homes, schools, and churches.

Pesticides in Paradise: Kauai Test Fields is an initial study of the 22 Restricted Use Pesticides applied on Kauai. It highlights three of the most heavily applied RUP's on Kauai, chlorpyrifos, paraquat, and atrazine, and the health impacts of exposure to these chemicals.
To learn more, join the webinar presented by Pesticide Action Network scientists and staff on Tuesday, July 30 from 12:30-1:30 pm.

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  1. 18 tons over 13000 acres. That's about .001 ounces per square foot. I beleive that is about the standard application rate of said pesticides in commercial use. I.e. those farms would be no different in pesticide use if they were merely conventional and commercial rather than test fields and GMO.

  2. OldTech

    I have zero tolerance for any RUPs applied to fields growing food. And zero tolerance for open field testing of RUPs and GMOs on a small inhabited island.

    In short - the current crop of agrochemical companies are not welcome on Kauai.