Cornucopia’s Take: A bill currently headed for a final vote by the Hawaii House and Senate would restrict pesticide use within 100 feet of schools and ban chlorpyrifos outright. Chlorpyrifos, used widely in conventional agriculture, was slated for a national ban due to its demonstrated toxicity to humans – particularly children and their cognitive development. But President Trump’s EPA continues to permit its use, apparently kowtowing to corporate interests. None of the pesticides in question are allowed in organic agriculture. Cornucopia will continue to follow this story as it unfolds.
Pesticide bill on verge of taking root
Hawaii Tribune Herald
by Max Dible
Hawaii is one step closer to buffering the use of several pesticides around schools, while outright banning the use of another throughout the state.
The Legislature on Friday afternoon passed out of conference committee Senate Bill 3095 SD1 HD1 CD1, sending the measure to final votes on the House and Senate floors.
The bill would prohibit the use of all pesticides within 100 feet of any public, private or home school between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days. It also would ban the use of chlorpyrifos beginning Jan. 1, 2019, making Hawaii the first state to do so. Read Full Article »