Hundreds march in Kauai against GMOsUPDATED 5:30 PM HST Sep 08, 2013Video Transcript
Young. It's an ongoing debate across the state. And with the Kauai council set to take up the G-M-O issue -- those on BOTH SIDES -- are making their stands. KITV'4s Nana OhKawa joins us with more... ...In tonight's top story. Paula, the streets of Kauai were lined with red shirts today. Organizers of the rally say everyone who marched today wants to protect their neighborhood and are worried about the use of pesticides and G-M-O's on the island. A more than a mile march- ending up at the Kauai County building--A sea of red in SUPPORT of the bill that would govern the use of certain pesticides and G-M-O's. THIS IS ABOUT KAUAI COMING TOGETHER AND UNITING THEIR VOICE. " THIS IS A BILL THAT GIVES TRANSPARENC Y TO WHAT THE BIGGEST CHEMICAL COMPANIES IN THE WORLD ARE DOING ON OUR ISLAND...IT ALSO PUTS BUFFER ZONES AROUND OUR SCHOOLS, COMMUNITIES, AND WATER WAYS." The bill would also ensure that if pesticides are used... Then public signs are required. Open air testing of experimental pesticides would be banned under the bill, as well as the cultivation of experimental GMOs. But, those who SUPPORT the use of GMO's on Kauai say the bill will put seed farmers out of business. 142 WE HAVE 500 PLUS EMPLOYEES ON THE ISLAND 147 IT'S RIDICULOUS TO THINK THAT THE FARMERS AND THE EMPLOYEES WOULD PUT AT RISK NOT ONLY THEIR OWN PERSONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY BUT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY BUT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THEIR FAMILIES THEIR NEIGHBORS AND THE COMMUNITY 157 Supporters of the bill want annual public reports of all pesticides used by farmers. Some say they are getting sick and they believe the pesticides are contaminating water on the island. 157 GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS AND PESTICIDES THAT ALL FARMERS USE IS SAFE WHEN USE ARE SAFE WHEN USED APPROPRIATELY AND ACCORDING TO THE LABEL 205 The Kauai County Council is set to discuss the bill tomorrow.