Kauai County councilmembers bicker over GMO and pesticide fact-finding group, await state input

| | November 8, 2013
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A Kauai City Council subcommittee has been tasked with building a group to assess pesticide and GMO use on the island, according the Garden Island. Councilmembers in the subcommittee disagree on who should be represented in the group–scientists, community members, policy-makers, etc–and what issues the group should be assessing.

“We don’t want a subjective group,” Council Chair Jay Furfaro said. “We want the most objective work group we can find so that we can also help heal this community.”

The proposed measure on Wednesday called for the county to fund a consultant tasked with convening and facilitating a 12 to 15-member Pesticide and Genetic Engineering Joint Fact Finding Group comprised of “knowledgeable scientific experts, medical experts, environmental experts and community stakeholders.”

This group, according to county documents, would be responsible for designing and overseeing an Environmental and Public Health Impacts Study that addresses “the pesticides used and genetically modified organisms grown by large-scale commercial agricultural entities on Kauai.”

Read the full, original story here: “Decision on pesticide study delayed”

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