Hawaii’s Gary Hooser Takes on Syngenta in Switzerland

May 13, 2015 by Carol Grieve'

Hooser’s message to the Syngenta Shareholders and their Board of Directors was this: honor the laws of Hawaii and drop their lawsuit against Bill 2491; stop spraying their chemicals such as Atrazine and Paraquat that are banned in many other countries including Switzerland; and to offer Kauai and all Hawaii the same respect and protection that is afforded to the residents of Switzerland. Hooser also delivered a Petition which had over 7,000 signatures to the government of Switzerland and Syngenta.

kauai polutionKauai’s population, which is around 65,000, has been called “Ground Zero” because it is a GE testing ground to four chemical companies, including Dow, BASF, DuPont Pioneer, and Syngenta. Hooser stated that over half of the island’s population can’t avoid driving by these test fields daily and that they are spraying these toxic chemicals within 100 feet of schools and hospitals. Many residents are reporting health issues. The bigger concern is what will happen after years of this toxic spraying?

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