SEED INDUSTRY STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE RELEASE OF THE FINAL JOINT FACT FINDING GROUP REPORT

SEED INDUSTRY STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE RELEASE OF THE FINAL JOINT FACT FINDING GROUP REPORT

SEED INDUSTRY STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE RELEASE OF THE FINAL JOINT FACT FINDING GROUP REPORT

HAWAII CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

/ May 25, 2016 /

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kris Tanahara, MVNP, Phone: (808) 673 8585

Kauai’s agricultural industry uses pesticides safely--that is the essential message of the state and county Joint Fact Finding Group’s final report.

The Hawai`i Crop Improvement Association is pleased at the confirmation that the seed industry operates responsibly. The JFF group’s 15-month investigation into the island’s seed and coffee industry was unable to validate any of the wild health and environmental claims of the Bill 2491 controversy.

While the JFF took a very aggressive tone and sometimes complained about the quality of the data it found, it could identify no health or environmental impacts associated with the industry’s pesticide use.

We thank our legislators and administrators for waiting until the facts were in, and we remain confident that science-based regulatory oversight will substantiate the industry’s level of care. One takeaway from this process is that the robust nature of the existing regulatory system ensures that the public is well-protected.

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