The Kauai County Council unanimously deferred to September 9 a controversial proposal to demand disclosure of pesticide use and genetically modified crops, and to create buffer zones for large agricultural operations. That would allow on opinion on the bill’s legality by the state attorney general.
“I just wish we could go through this without going to court,” Councilman Mel Rapozo said.
The decision came after a full day of divisive discussion. “Bill 2491 in its approach is devastating and fracturing our island — it’s unraveling the fabric of our community,” said local resident Susan Tai Kaneko, a former educator and community-building specialist who works for Syngenta.