Hawaii State Government Wakes Up To It’s Pesticide Problem

Posted by - December 17, 2016

The state is finally taking some first steps to address  concerns about pesticide drift from large agri-chemical company operations in Hawaii. In a joint press statement, the Hawaii Departments of Health and Agriculture described several initiatives recommended by the state/county sponsored Joint Fact Finding Group Report. Plans include a $500,000 surface water quality study (by

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Earthjustice Takes on Hawaii’s Dysfunctional Department of Agriculture

Posted by - August 5, 2016

The environmental law firm, Earthjustice has asked the US Environmental Protection Agency to revoke the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s primary authority to investigate and enforce pesticide use violations of federal pesticide law in Hawaii. Earthjustice representatives say the HDOA has “failed to enforce pesticide use violations and has allowed a large backlog of pesticide complaints and

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Maui Gets to Grow Industrial Hemp

Posted by - July 11, 2016

Hawaii’s governor has signed the Industrial Hemp Bill which establishes an industrial hemp pilot program through the Department of Agriculture allowing the cultivation of  hemp and distribution of hemp seed in Hawaii for purposes of agricultural or academic research. Alexander and Baldwin Inc. (which owns massive acres of land) is considering planting hemp under its

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