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!