Mahi Pono, Maui’s largest landowner, sprayed the highly toxic chemical paraquat on fields near the Maui Baseyard in Pu‘unene six times last September and October, according to Hawai‘i’s Department of Agriculture Annual Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Reporting Forms. MauiTime obtained the forms through a Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) request. Based on weather data for … [Read more...] about Mahi Pono’s Pesticide Files: Mahi Pono uses paraquat and another chemical toxic to marine life and bees. Is it practicing sustainable agriculture?
Photo courtesy Lory Marques. Plaintiff Max Coleman required surgery to correct an improperly formed tube connecting his kidney to his bladder. The lawsuit claims pesticide drift from neighboring Monsanto fields led to in utero exposure to pesticides, causing the birth defect. An attorney representing two Maui families in a lawsuit against Monsanto responded Tuesday to the … [Read more...] about ‘Criminal Disregard’: Attorney representing Maui families responds to Monsanto’s admission of guilt
Activists at the State Capitol in January 2016 protest Monsanto's use of Methyl-Parathion (aka Penncap-M). On Nov. 21, 2019, Monsanto admitted to using the banned chemical on Maui in 2014. The year was 2014, and Maui was in the middle of a political revolution: For the first time in the county’s history, a voters’ initiative made it onto the ballot, signalling an … [Read more...] about Monsanto to Pay $10.2M for Illegal Pesticide Use: Kihei residents and activists warned about violations for years
By Autumn Ness Healthy, living soil sequesters carbon. It literally pulls it out of the air, and stores it in the ground. And in this day and age, where atmospheric carbon levels are wreaking havoc on our planet, anything that puts carbon in the ground and keeps it there buys us time to implement bigger solutions. So what does this mean for you? Many of us are walking … [Read more...] about Op-Ed: A Big Solution to Climate Change Is Just Beneath Our Feet
Giant agro-chemical corporations and environmental advocates can agree on at least one thing: Glyphosate is an efficient killer. The chemical, also known by the trade names Roundup and Ranger Pro, was developed and marketed by Monsanto in the ‘70s to kill weeds, and since then has become the most heavily used herbicide in the world. Where agro-chemical corporations and … [Read more...] about Beyond Pesticides Urges Maui County to Eliminate Glyphosate