If truth is the first casualty of war, it was body-bagged a long time ago in the pitched battle being waged over pesticides and GMOs on Kauai.
In my quarter-century of covering all the big issues on this little island -- and there are more than one might imagine for a place dubbed "paradise" -- I've never seen such fervor, heard such hyperbole.
The catalyst for the cacophony is Bill 2491, a proposed county law that would require Kauai Coffee and four biotech companies -- BASF, Dow Agronomics, Syngenta and DuPont-Pioneer -- to publicly disclose their applications of restricted use pesticides. It also requires them to create buffers between their fields and public areas, such as schools, hospitals, roads, streams and parks.
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