False Claims Hurt Local Agriculture

False Claims Hurt Local Agriculture

HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER
/ March 17, 2015 /

In testimony provided to the Legislature on March 3, state Department of Agriculture board chairman Scott Enright shared findings from the department's pesticide branch on school evacuations from the last nine years.

Of the 16 incidents in the report, none were linked to commercial seed crop agricultural activity. None.

Yet, the day after Enright shared his report, a commentary by a mothers' group ran in this paper ("Corporations expose our children to dangerous agricultural pesticides," Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, March 4). The authors and co-signers clearly ignored facts reported by state regulators and, instead, made false claims about agricultural pesticide use.

As this fiction spreads, there is growing concern within Hawaii's agriculture community that these groups are damaging all local agriculture.

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