From GMO Free Hawai’i:
On Tuesday August 4th, Hawai`i County Council Member Margaret Wille will introduce Bill 71, for the county to stop spraying herbicides on county property, including roads, parks, etc that the county maintains.
Please send testimony now to firstname.lastname@example.org ― even a quick email as simple as “I support Bill 71” ― to be received by Monday at 2:30 PM. Ask your friends, ohana, & visitors to send testimony too.
It’s probably most valuable to submit testimony, but you can also sign a petition
If you want to email individual councilors, their addresses are:
You can also submit testimony in person at the Hilo Council Chambers (25 Aupuni Street) or via videoconference:
- Waimea Council Office
- Video Conferencing Site in the old Bank of Hawai’i Building in Kapa’au
- Kona Council Chambers – West Hawai‘i Civic Center
- Pahoa Neighborhood Facility
- the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Community Center
Background info from Margaret Wille
Bill 71 prohibits toxic herbicides on all County owned or maintained property.
At the Council’s May 2015 hearings for our County 2015 -2016 budget, the line items of greatest concern were that “Roundup” spray line items in the several department budgets, including those of Parks & Recreation and Public Works. At that time I promised to draft a bill to address the community’s concerns.
As drafted this bill would prohibit the use of toxic herbicides, such as those containing glyphosate (Monsanto’s “Roundup”), on County owned and maintained parks, roadways, waterways, and other county spaces.
The World Health Organization and other health organizations have recently brought forth more evidence concerning the negative effects of glyphosate on human health and to the environment. In my opinion it would be irresponsible to continue to ignore the cries of so many to find alternative means to deal with weeds that are less harmful to our people. To instead simply do another study or to only undertake some pilot project would be doing next to nothing. The proposed bill has an effective date of July 1, 2016 to allow time for the County to transition to alternative means of weed control.