The heart of the bill (mandatory pesticide disclosure) was gutted, and as a salve to the injury, the pilot buffer zone program was expanded to 10 schools. And three schools will get a pesticide drift study by the Department of Agriculture (DOA). How they plan to execute the study when companies aren’t required to disclose what they are spraying remains a mystery.
It is worth noting that the DOA’s Pesticide Branch Manager is a former employee of DuPont.
(Read what the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) has to say about how DowDuPont tries to sell itself as an agent of public good while engaging in activities that hurt the health of the community).
But the fight to protect our keiki, and ensure that corporations are not free to poison our communities with impunity isn’t over yet.
Now that the bill has made it out of Sen. Roz Baker’s committee, albeit significantly weakened, we can work to restore it to its original vigor.
SB 3095 is scheduled for a joint Senate Committee on Education (EDU) and Committee on Ways and Means (WAM)
hearing on Wednesday, February 21st at 2:45 PM in room 211.
Anything that was taken out can be put back in. Please urge Chairs Kidani and Dela Cruz to put teeth back into this currently toothless bill by AMENDING TO INCLUDE DISCLOSURE.
With thanks to Lauryn Rego, Center for Food Safety, for the announcement from which this post was developed, and for the image.
And thanks to Gary Hooser, Founder of the the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action for this backgrounder on what happened last week with SB3095 and what we can do moving forward.