The Garden Island newspaper has reported that the County of Kauai and the state of Hawaii Department of Agriculture are teaming to fund a $100,000 study of the potential health and environmental impacts from pesticide use on the island of Kauai. The study is expected to last a year.
Peter Adler, facilitator of the study, stated, “The issue of genetically modified (GM) agriculture production has generated many questions and considerable emotion… One of the debates focuses on the possible adverse health and environmental impacts from pesticides used in conjunction with growing GM crops. Sorting out facts — what we know and can say with reasonable confidence, what we don’t know, and what we might reasonably need to know in the future — is challenging, but not impossible.”
Adler has selected nine individuals to serve as members on the committee leading the study – a group that he says has the diversity and experience necessary to get the job done.
For more information about the study and to see the list of names and details for each member of the committee, you can read the original news article here: Members selected for GMO, pesticide study