THE GARDEN ISLAND
/ May 26, 2016 /
When the Joint Fact Finding Study Group (JFFG) probing the ramifications of pesticide use by large agribusiness seed companies on Kauai released its draft report last month, political opportunists and political nonprofits raising money to support an anti-GMO agenda thought they had blundered into a gold mine.
They ignored the carefully crafted language relating, for example, to establishing buffer zones around pesticide application operations and transliterated what the JFFG wrote into a ringing endorsement of buffer zones. But that wasn’t true, as the draft report actually called for solid research to determine if buffer zones can actually work and, if so, how they should be designed.