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Children and other sensitive populations have no choice but to live and work in close proximity to areas where restricted use pesticides are being sprayed. Of greatest concern are restricted use pesticides, many of which scientists have definitively linked to developmental delays in children as well as long-term health effects, including cancer and other serious diseases, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.

This fact sheet explains the impact of pesticides on children\'s health, the incidents of pesticide exposure, the lack of regulation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and why Hawai’i needs to support protections against pesticides.

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Currently, there are at least 27 schools in the state of Hawai‘i within a mile of large-scale agricultural operations known to use high-volumes of restricted used pesticides. The keiki attending these schools every day must face the risk of exposure to these chemicals through pesticide drift.

Children are the most vulnerable to toxic exposure of pesticides because it can disrupt critical development processes. Early life pesticide exposure has been linked to long-term health effects including cancer, serious diseases, decreased cognitive function, and behavior problems.

Policy Initiatives

In response to these threats, HCFS and a broad coalition of supporters introduced bills in the 2017 legislative session that would create no-spray buffer zones around schools, hospitals and other sensitive areas, and require entities applying restricted use pesticides to disclose the pesticides they are spraying and notify communities who could be potentially impacted by pesticide drift.

The need for these measures is strongly supported by the findings of the KauaÊ»i Joint Fact Finding Report (JFFR), a 100-page report released in March 2016. The JFFR revealed major gaps in pesticide reporting and regulations in HawaiÊ»i and emphasized the need for regular pesticide monitoring of air, water, soil and dust, and increased coordination between the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Office of Hawai‘i Affairs.

In addition to mandating no-spray buffer zones and disclosure, HCFS helps citizens claim their democratic power by connecting people with the skills and opportunities they need to participate in the policy process. Through partnerships, social media, our network of members and public outreach, we were able to mobilize over 2500 constituents to take action during the 2017 legislative session.

We are committed to continuing this work until appropriate regulations are in place to protect HawaiÊ»i’s keiki.


TAKE ACTION

Sign the petition to support mandatory disclosure of toxic pesticide use in Hawaii!

To track these bills and others from all sides of the debate, visit www.protectourkeiki.org.

Grow the Buffer Zones Campaign with a Donation!

 

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The chemical industry’s experimentation with pesticide-promoting genetically engineered (GE) crops increasingly threaten Hawaii’s public health, biodiversity and food independence. To curb these threats and raise public awareness about this issue, HCFS has published the groundbreaking, in-depth report Pesticides in Paradise: Hawaii’s Health and Environment at Risk.

Download the key findings
Download the Executive Summary
Download the abridged report
Download the full report in English or Japanese
Digital Resource Library
Annotated Bibliography
Download the infograhic - The Hidden Truth Behind Pesticide-Seed Companies in Hawai‘i
Download the infographic - Pesticides in Paradise: Human Health at Risk
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On Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai, chemical and biotechnology companies Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont-Pioneer, Dow Chemical, and BASF have purchased prime agricultural land, taking advantage of Hawaii’s isolation and year-round growing season, in order to field test crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand greater applications of pesticides.

Hawaii is a relatively small state, but has one of the highest rates of open-air GE field tests in the U.S - in 2014, chemical companies conducted GE field tests on over 1,381 sites. Herbicide resistance has been the most frequently tested trait over the past five years. This means GE crops tested in Hawaii, by and large, are designed to withstand ever greater applications of herbicides, posing a direct threat to human and environmental health.. 

Pesticide drift is a primary concern for communities living alongside GE operations. In the report, HCFS reviews over 150 published scientific and medical research examining the threats pesticides used in Hawaii pose to public health, especially the risk to pregnant women and young children. The findings reveal that pesticide exposure in utero and early life has been linked to childhood cancers, neurobehavioral and cognitive deficits, adverse birth outcomes, and asthma.

Neither pesticides nor GE crops are adequately regulated in the state of Hawaii, and this report is a major advancement in efforts to establish stronger regulations that protect Hawaii’s people and natural resources from harmful exposure to pesticides.

Read the abridged version of “Pesticides in Paradise: Hawaii’s Health & Environment at Risk”

As a resource for communities across the islands, HCFS is offering free presentation of the report’s key findings, and we encourage you to sign-up for a presentation in your neighborhood or for your organization - Sign up here.


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The chemical industry’s experimentation with pesticide-promoting genetically engineered (GE) crops increasingly threaten Hawaii’s public health, biodiversity and food independence. To curb these threats and raise public awareness about this issue, HCFS has published the groundbreaking, in-depth report Pesticides in Paradise: Hawaii’s Health and Environment at Risk.

Download the key findings
Download the Executive Summary
Download the abridged report
Download the full report in English or Japanese
Digital Resource Library
Annotated Bibliography
Download the infograhic - The Hidden Truth Behind Pesticide-Seed Companies in Hawai‘i
Download the infographic - Pesticides in Paradise: Human Health at Risk
Download the Frequently Asked Questions

On Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai, chemical and biotechnology companies Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont-Pioneer, Dow Chemical, and BASF have purchased prime agricultural land, taking advantage of Hawaii’s isolation and year-round growing season, in order to field test crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand greater applications of pesticides.

Hawaii is a relatively small state, but has one of the highest rates of open-air GE field tests in the U.S - in 2014, chemical companies conducted GE field tests on over 1,381 sites. Herbicide resistance has been the most frequently tested trait over the past five years. This means GE crops tested in Hawaii, by and large, are designed to withstand ever greater applications of herbicides, posing a direct threat to human and environmental health.. 

Pesticide drift is a primary concern for communities living alongside GE operations. In the report, HCFS reviews over 150 published scientific and medical research examining the threats pesticides used in Hawaii pose to public health, especially the risk to pregnant women and young children. The findings reveal that pesticide exposure in utero and early life has been linked to childhood cancers, neurobehavioral and cognitive deficits, adverse birth outcomes, and asthma.

Neither pesticides nor GE crops are adequately regulated in the state of Hawaii, and this report is a major advancement in efforts to establish stronger regulations that protect Hawaii’s people and natural resources from harmful exposure to pesticides.

Read the abridged version of “Pesticides in Paradise: Hawaii’s Health & Environment at Risk”

As a resource for communities across the islands, HCFS is offering free presentation of the report’s key findings, and we encourage you to sign-up for a presentation in your neighborhood or for your organization - Sign up here.


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Pesticides in Paradise: Hawaii's Health & Environment at Risk

May 6th, 2015

The chemical industry’s experimentation with pesticide-promoting genetically engineered (GE) crops increasingly threaten Hawaii’s public health, biodiversity and food independence. To curb these threats and raise public awareness about this issue, HCFS has published the groundbreaking, in-depth report Pesticides in Paradise: Hawaii’s Health and Environment at Risk.

Download the key findings
Download the Executive Summary
Download the abridged report
Download the full report in English or Japanese
Digital Resource Library
Annotated Bibliography
Download the infograhic - The Hidden Truth Behind Pesticide-Seed Companies in Hawai‘i
Download the infographic - Pesticides in Paradise: Human Health at Risk
Download the Frequently Asked Questions

On Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Molokai, chemical and biotechnology companies Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont-Pioneer, Dow Chemical, and BASF have purchased prime agricultural land, taking advantage of Hawaii’s isolation and year-round growing season, in order to field test crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand greater applications of pesticides.

Hawaii is a relatively small state, but has one of the highest rates of open-air GE field tests in the U.S - in 2014, chemical companies conducted GE field tests on over 1,381 sites. Herbicide resistance has been the most frequently tested trait over the past five years. This means GE crops tested in Hawaii, by and large, are designed to withstand ever greater applications of herbicides, posing a direct threat to human and environmental health.. 

Pesticide drift is a primary concern for communities living alongside GE operations. In the report, HCFS reviews over 150 published scientific and medical research examining the threats pesticides used in Hawaii pose to public health, especially the risk to pregnant women and young children. The findings reveal that pesticide exposure in utero and early life has been linked to childhood cancers, neurobehavioral and cognitive deficits, adverse birth outcomes, and asthma.

Neither pesticides nor GE crops are adequately regulated in the state of Hawaii, and this report is a major advancement in efforts to establish stronger regulations that protect Hawaii’s people and natural resources from harmful exposure to pesticides.

Read the abridged version of “Pesticides in Paradise: Hawaii’s Health & Environment at Risk”

As a resource for communities across the islands, HCFS is offering free presentation of the report’s key findings, and we encourage you to sign-up for a presentation in your neighborhood or for your organization - Sign up here.


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