HONOLULU STAR ADVERTISER
/ June 5, 2016 /
State regulators and experts in the fields of health and environmental science say that many of the recommendations put forward by a joint fact-finding group convened to study the potential hazards of pesticide use by large agricultural operations on the west side of Kauai likely aren’t useful, would cost millions of dollars annually and in some cases exceed state resources and expertise.
The study group, originally composed of nine Kauai residents with diverse backgrounds, and facilitated by mediation specialist Peter Adler of consulting company ACCORD3.0 Network, spent months sifting through scientific research and health data to evaluate whether there is any indication that pesticide use on the west side of Kauai is harming the environment or human health.
The group’s focus was on pesticides being sprayed on fields by Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, BASF Plant Science and Kauai Coffee, companies that have come under intense scrutiny in recent years with efforts by members of the Kauai County Council to force greater regulation of the industry.
The final draft of the group’s report, released last week, found no evidence that pesticides were making people sick or that they posed a significant risk to the environment.
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