Kauai Group Finds No Harms Tied to Pesticide Use

Kauai Group Finds No Harms Tied to Pesticide Use

Kauai Group Finds No Harms Tied to Pesticide Use

HONOLULU STAR ADVERTISER

/ May 28, 2016 /

A fact-finding group said in its final report this week that it found no conclusive evidence of adverse health effects or environmental impacts due to pesticide use by seed companies on Kauai.

The report was released Wednesday by the Joint Fact-Finding Group, a team of nine Kauai citizens with science backgrounds, and was funded by the state Department of Agriculture and the office of Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho.

“The JFFG was charged with gathering accurate information on 1) the lands used by the seed companies and Kauai Coffee, 2) their pesticide usage, and 3) evidence of any possible adverse health and environmental impacts,” the Agriculture Department said in a press release.

The group grew out of health concerns and an effort to require Kauai seed companies to track pesticide use and regulate how they grow genetically modified crops on the Garden Isle.

State agricultural officials said claims about pesticide exposure on Kauai were inaccurate.

Visit: http://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/kauai-group-finds-no-harms-tied-to-pesticide-use/ to read the full article.

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