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Tell Big Biotech to Stop Poisoning Paradise!

For the past 20 plus years, the Hawaiian Islands have become ground zero for open air field trials of the biotech industry’s toxic chemicals and experimental GMO crops. Multiple tests have shown that the biotech industry’s harmful chemicals are contaminating local air and water sources that island residents and vacationers alike are exposed to. Even worse, at least 10 schools on Hawaii are only 100 yards away from GMO chemical fields, potentially endangering Hawaii’s school children's health for the sake of profits for chemical and biotech companies.

This week, public hearings are being held by the Kauai County Council about Bill 2491, a common sense “Right to Know” bill to put public health ahead of biotech profits by limiting Restricted Use Pesticides and the Hawaii County Council to consider Bill 113, which would ban the planting of open-air growing of experimental GMOs on Hawaii Island and prohibit biotech companies from operating on the Big Island. Both of these bills are unprecedented in that they would prohibit the open air testing of experimental pesticides and experimental GMO crops, while forcing the mandatory public disclosure of pesticide use and restraining biotech companies on Hawaii.

Tell the leaders of Hawaii it’s time to stop poisoning paradise and start protecting the islands’ people, biodiversity and tourists or you’ll take your next vacation elsewhere!

A copy of your letter of support will be delivered to the Kauai County Council, the Hawaii County Council and business leaders in Hawaii.

Dear Kauai County Council and Hawaii County Council members and leaders of Hawaii,

I’m alarmed at the indiscriminate use of toxic pesticides and the growth of experimental crops in such close proximity to local schools, churches, homes, hospitals, hotels and beaches and I stand in solidarity with the residents of Kauai to pass Bill 2491 and the residents of Hawaii to pass Bill 113 to protect the people, biodiversity and the vibrant tourism industry.

According to University of Hawaii Professor Dr. Hector Valenzuela, every year, giant biotech chemical corporations spray at least 99 different pesticides on Hawaii. On Kauai, they dump over 36,000 pounds of 22 different types of Restricted Use Pesticides and an additional estimated 160,000 pounds of General Use Pesticides (glyphosate, RoundUp and others).

Even worse, at least 10 schools on Hawaii are only 100 yards away from GMO chemical fields, potentially endangering Hawaii’s school children's health for the sake of profits for chemical and biotech companies.

Hawaii is a beloved tourist destination for more 8 million annual visitors and I’m concerned about the health of local residents and visiting tourists.

In 2012, its best year on record, daily visitor spending topped $39 million, state tax revenue reached $1.58 billion and the industry supported 167,000 jobs, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

It’s important that elected officials and business leaders of Hawaii understand that millions of concerned citizens are watching what happens on the island of Kauai and the rest of the Hawaiian islands and I will make our vacation plans accordingly.

It's urgent for the health of Hawaii's residents, their communities and visitors to the islands that you pass Bill 2481 and Bill 113.

As long as big biotech companies are allowed to poison paradise, I will consider taking my next vacation elsewhere!

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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