One of the largest and most credible news source in the world reports on Kauai and the chemical companies.

Just published today in The Guardian and is a MUST READ AND SHARE:

Pesticides in Paradise: Hawaii’s spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops

And know that the rapid pro GMO bloggers will cry foul and attempt to discredit the facts.

One of the key facts are the numbers and quantities of Restricted Use Pesticides used on Kauai.  The number quoted in the story and the number I use is 18 tons used annually.  The industry and their paid online shills vociferously dispute this number and instead quote a much lower number.  So below I fully disclose how the 18 tons is calculated.

Also for further facts to combat the spin and disinformation that will be put forth by the industry bloggers please consult the source documents attached here:  9 MOST FREQUENT MISSTATEMENTS MADE BY CHEMICAL COMPANIES IN HAWAI‘I

The basis for which the 18 ton figure was calculated is as follows:

1)      Data of is from the total RUP’s sold to agricultural users in Kauai County during 2012 provided by State Department of Agriculture.

Raw data is here:

Summary data is here:

2)      From the above data source the total amount of all RUP’s sold during 2012 to the 4 agrochemical companies only = 5,477.20 lb’s and 4,324.5 gallons

3)      Converting gallons to pounds using the weight of water: 4,342.5 gallons X 8.33 lb’s  = 36,173.025 lb’s

4)      Combine 36,173.025 plus 5,477.20 = 41,650.225 lb’s divided by 2,000lb’s = 20.825 tons

5)      Adjust downward by 10% and round down to compensate for unknown actual weight, varying weights of the gallons of RUP and variation due to purchase/use factor

6)      = 18 tons of RUP purchased/used annually – based on assumption that the companies were using approximately what they were purchasing.

7)      Note: The data made available to me consists of RUP’s purchased annually.  The companies are purchasing Restricted Use Pesticides products and they are not purchasing “active ingredients”.  Thus the SDOA records reflect the annual purchase of over 18 tons of RUP’s by these 4 companies.

8)      When the State Department of Agriculture was originally requested to provide information pertaining to RUP sales in Kauai County, they provided the data referenced above consisting of “RUP product purchased and not active ingredient purchased”.  However since the controversy and attempts to regulate the industry and use of these RUP’s the SDOA have started reporting the data also in “active ingredient format” which results in the lower figures quoted by the industry and the SDOA.

9)      It is important to note that each active ingredient has different characteristics and different levels of toxicity.  All active ingredients are not equal.  It is also important to note that the “other ingredients” also have impacts and that no one has studied the combined impacts of all of the various 22 different kinds of RUP’s and their active and “other” ingredients  interacting in the Hawaii environment.

10)   PLEASE READ “9 Most Frequent Misstatements by Chemical Companies.” This document is linked to source documents that respond/refute many of the claims by the agrochemical industry on Kauai that are misleading at best.

11)   There is no accurate data showing current use that is available publicly.  The “Good Neighbor Program” data is not verifiable and the SDOA has refused to continue providing per company RUP sales data.

12)   It is also important to note that the “Good Neighbor Program” does not require the disclosure of “Round Up” or glyphosate based products.  I have requested in writing that this also be disclosed however the 4 companies have refused to do so.  It is likely from the historical information I do have in terms of “agricultural industry standards” – that glyphosate use far exceeds all RUP use combined in terms of tonnage.

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Essential reading if you care about the health risks and wonder about the integrity of the agrochemical companies in Hawaii. A must read and share!

If you care about the health risks and wonder about the integrity of the agrochemical companies operations in Hawaii, please, please, please take a moment to read this and share it with your friends and neighbors.

****The New England Journal of Medicine – GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

“The first of the two developments that raise fresh concerns about the safety of GM crops is a 2014 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve Enlist Duo, a new combination herbicide comprising glyphosate plus 2,4-D…”

“In our view, the science and the risk assessment supporting the Enlist Duo decision are flawed. The science consisted solely of toxicologic studies commissioned by the herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published, not an uncommon practice in U.S. pesticide regulation.

These studies predated current knowledge of low-dose, endocrine-mediated, and epigenetic effects and were not designed to detect them. The risk assessment gave little consideration to potential health effects in infants and children, thus contravening federal pesticide law. It failed to consider ecologic impact, such as effects on the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. It considered only pure glyphosate, despite studies showing that formulated glyphosate that contains surfactants and adjuvants is more toxic than the pure compound.”

****DuPont And The Chemistry of Deception: by Sharon Lerner (first in three part series) This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. A well written and powerful investigative report.

“DuPont scientists had closely studied the chemical for decades and through their own research knew about some of the dangers it posed. Yet rather than inform workers, people living near the plant, the general public, or government agencies responsible for regulating chemicals, DuPont repeatedly kept its knowledge secret.

Another revelation about C8 makes all of this more disturbing and gives the upcoming trials, the first of which will be held this fall in Columbus, Ohio, global significance: This deadly chemical that DuPont continued to use well after it knew it was linked to health problems is now practically everywhere.

A man-made compound that didn’t exist a century ago, C8 is in the blood of 99.7 percent of Americans, according to a 2007 analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as in newborn human babies, breast milk, and umbilical cord blood.”

****In case you missed it earlier: Here is the entire 4 minute video of remarks I delivered to the Syngenta Shareholders Meeting held in Basel Switzerland.

****And if you are not familiar with the who, what and why we went to Switzerland in the first place here is the full story.

****Finally: WATCH THIS 23 MINUTE FILM – IT IS EXTRAORDINARY ʻĀINA means “that which feeds us” in the Hawaiian language. This 23 minute film highlights a way to address some of the most pressing environmental and health crises facing the island of Kauaʻi – and of island Earth.

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Why I March For Aloha ‘Āina – Join me Sunday August 9 on Oahu

Why I March

I told a friend recently that I was getting too old to fight for incremental change, only to settle for a study or a task force.  Frankly, I am tired of having state legislators (of which I used to be one), council-members (of which I am one) and members of congress (of which I once tried to be one) tell us all the reasons why nothing can be done.

I am tired of watching big corporations cause irreparable harm to our health, our natural environment and our planet itself, while our government stands on the side and does nothing or actually facilitates the injustice under the guise that the offender is actually in “compliance” of the law.

Government will tell us these large multi-national billion dollar corporations are “following the rules”, but fail to remind us that these same entities fund the politicians that make those same rules.

And so I march.

Aloha ‘Āina is not about checking off a box on a permit showing the applicant has minimally complied with some provision on a list.

As my friends in the Aloha ‘Āina movement have taught me, Aloha ‘Āina is understanding that stewardship is not a burdensome impediment to development but a joyful responsibility that should be embraced and celebrated.

Aloha ‘Āina is about core values and pro-active advocacy on behalf of those values.

The Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) is an entity whose members are appointed by the Governor of Hawai`i and is responsible for the management of over 15,000 acres of State owned agricultural lands.  These are State/Public/Crown lands. The vast majority of these lands are leased to the largest chemical companies in the world, not to grow food for local consumption but to grow experimental genetically modified crops that eventually end up somewhere else in the world as cattle feed, high fructose corn syrup or ethanol.

These companies sell and use tons of highly restricted use pesticides throughout Hawai`i — many of which are banned in other countries.  These same companies are involved in lawsuits against Kauai County, Maui County and Hawai`i County who have attempted to regulate their actions.

These large multi-national corporations do not pay General Excise Tax on their production and their operations are subsidized by county property tax laws.  They operate shrouded in secrecy and they refuse to disclose both the amount and types of pesticides they use and the type of experimental crops they are growing.

Even though an agency of the World Health Organization has declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen, these companies have refused to disclose the amount of glyphosate they are using each day in our community.

The ADC, who manages these State/Public/Crown lands is focused on the revenue generated from the high lease rents paid by these large chemical companies.  The ADC has refused to require soil testing for pesticide residue as these companies exit their leases, even though there is clear evidence of heavy use of restricted use pesticides on these same lands.  The ADC is now seeking an exemption from a required National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in order to save money and avoid the higher standards of clean water reporting required by the Federal Government and State Department of Health.

Operating under the spirit and values of Aloha ‘Āina, would mean this agency responsible for managing public lands would seek the highest level of protections for health and the environment, not seek exemptions and minimal protections.

This is only one example and extends throughout government agencies at almost all levels.

Instead of seeking first to protect and preserve via Aloha ‘Āina and embracing the precautionary principle, our government leans increasingly toward a cost/benefit analysis.  The sad part is that the people and the environment are paying the costs and the corporations and their enablers are reaping the benefit.

If you are on Oahu, tomorrow Sunday August 9th, please join me along with many friends to send a message loud and clear that people and the environment must come first.  We expect thousands of Hawai`i residents to march through Waikiki and help send the message that Aloha `Āina is about much more than just a box on a permit that gets checked off as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

March with us to send a message that environmental stewardship is a mindset and a core value that demands advocacy. Join H.A.P.A. on Saratoga Road near Kalakaua sat 10am put on a free HAPA t-shirt (while supplies last) and march with us for justice.

Aloha ‘Āina Unity March is to express political views regarding issues that are impacting the management and use of land and natural resources in Hawai`i.  At the forefront of these issues are the construction of TMT on Mauna Kea, regulation of pesticide use and genetically modified organisms on agricultural lands in rural communities throughout the state, and mismanagement of agricultural lands across the State.

Regardless of how one might feel about the various individual battles and issues presently going on in Hawai`i, one thing is clear – the decisions that are being made by government with regards to managing these issues is not based on Aloha ‘Āina.

This is not about being for or against science, or GMOs or telescopes or even development.  This is about putting the values of people and the environment first.

Please join us tomorrow, Sunday August 9 at 10am, on Saratoga Road and march through Waikiki in unity and in support for Aloha ‘Āina.

A very short video about the event is here:

The event FB page is here:

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Barking Dogs, Open Space Funding and Humane Society – Council Meeting – 08/05/15

The below items are on the Kauai County Council agenda Wednesday August 5.

I encourage Kauai residents to let all Councilmembers know how you feel about these issues – Email

NOTE: Separate email testimony for each issue is highly recommended

1) Bill 2590 – Repealing the Barking Dog Ordinance
This Bill was introduced by Councilmember Kagawa.  I am strongly opposed to this measure and intend to vote NO. The barking dog ordinance is working, is much needed and can be amended if needed rather than repealed
2) Resolution 2015-53 RESOLUTION PROPOSING A CHARTER AMENDMENT RELATING TO THE PUBLIC ACCESS, OPEN SPACE, NATURAL RESOURCES PRESERVATION FUND – At present the amount dedicated is at one-half of one percent and the proposal is to increase it to one and one-half percent (1.5%)
I introduced this Resolution and so am in strong support. The Council recently cut the funds to this important fund and this charter amendment will establish it at 1.5% and ensure that there is a firm and long term commitment to preserving and expanding open space, beach access, agricultural lands and other natural areas. This measure does not raise any taxes but only directs that a set amount of funding goes toward a specific purpose.

This Bill was introduced by Councilmember Rapozo and is in response to the controversy that has surrounded the Kauai Humane Society these past few months. The County of Kauai is a major funder of this organization and so it is reasonable that the County should look closely at their operations. Others would argue though that the money spent on an audit which could cost $150,000 might be better spent on expanding the spay and neuter program or other important needs. I am inclined to support the audit but open to hearing the public testimony and further review before making my final decision.

The Garden Island Newspaper reports on the issue here:

PLEASE SEND IN YOUR TESTIMONY TODAY TO, and before Wednesday August 5.

Councilmember Kagawa is proposing to put on the 2016 Ballot a proposal to repeal term limits for councilmembers which are presently set at 8 years (4 two year terms). I am strongly opposed to this proposal and encourage everyone to also share their perspective with all members of the Kauai County Council. The Garden Island Newspaper reports on this issue here:

NOTE: Separate email testimony for each issue is highly recommended

Details of each measure can be found below:




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Pulling Back The Curtain: Jury verdict unanimous, DuPont Pioneer guilty of harming Waimea Kauai residents

Pulling Back The Curtain: Jury verdict unanimous, DuPont Pioneer guilty of harming Waimea Kauai residents

It has taken years for Waimea residents to finally hold DuPont Pioneer accountable and it is still not over.  However yesterday a jury in Honolulu unanimously ruled that this company must pay for the damages caused by their irresponsible actions.

According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser story which is behind a paywall:

You can also find the story here for free:

“The verdict said DuPont Pioneer failed to follow generally accepted agricultural and management practices from Dec. 13, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2011, and that the “seriousness of the harm to each plaintiff outweighs the public benefit of Pioneer’s farming operation.” ”

The court action focused on property damage caused by the vast amounts of pesticide laden dust that has blown on to these homes and residents for years.

However, if the dust is bad enough to cause property damage then it surely must be causing damage also to health and environment.

To be clear, this lawsuit is unrelated to the Syngenta led suit against the County of Kauai now under appeal.  The existence of the DuPont Pioneer lawsuit was early evidence that when combined with many other factors, precipitated the introduction of Bill 2491 and the attempt to regulate this industry on Kauai.

Credit for victory goes entirely to the perseverance of Waimea Town residents.

The façade presented through the “Good Neighbor” persona created by the community relations and media guru’s of these companies is quickly evaporating.

No amount of money or industry PR can erase the fact that a unanimous jury decision found them guilty of harm.

The curtain is being drawn back for the whole world to now see the hypocrisy of DuPont Pioneer calling themselves a “good neighbor” while continuing to cause damage to local residents for years after the initial complaints were filed.

Meanwhile another self proclaimed “good neighbor” Syngenta continues to use and sell highly toxic Restricted Use Pesticides on Kauai and through-out Hawaii (atrazine, paraquat and 4 others) that are illegal to use in their own country.

What kind of good neighbor uses toxic pesticides by the ton in their neighbor’s yard but yet uses zero of these chemicals in their own yard back home in Switzerland because their laws will not allow it (all the while telling you how safe it is)?  Syngenta will deny and obfuscate this fact.  But if you have doubts, read this recent New York Times article about how Syngenta misrepresents the truth with regards to the use of atrazine in their own country.

What kind of good neighbors sue their local government for merely requiring modest disclosure and basic buffer zones around schools, hospitals and homes?

It will be interesting to see how the industry spins this one.

These companies are harming our community.  They consistently misrepresent themselves, the nature of their actions and the negative impact of their actions on our health, environment and yes on our property as well.

Community members who live near the fields and have to deal with these companies up close and personal know this.  Those of us who have been involved in this battle for the past few years know it as well.

I am increasingly hopeful that more and more residents of Kauai and all Hawaii will begin to see and understand the nature and urgency of our efforts and join with us in demanding accountability.

Mahalo to those residents and community leaders who have persevered and are responsible for this win.  Auwe to those government and industry leaders who have failed in their duties to support these good people.

Gary Hooser

Note:  On April 28th, in the city of Basel Switzerland, I attended and spoke at the annual shareholders meeting of the transnational corporation and chemical giant, Syngenta. Detailed account of trip is on the Hooser Blog

2 minutes and 45 second video of the FIRST part of my remarks to the Syngenta shareholders:

1 minute and 33 second SECOND segment as security attempts to prevent the recording:

A 4 minute video of history of movement in Hawaii:

If you are not familiar with my background or with the background concerning Bill 2491 and Kauai’s battle against the 4 largest chemical companies in the world, you might find this video interesting and informative.  Please skip the first 3 minutes of the introduction if you like:

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From Kauai to Switzerland – Why we went, what we accomplished and what’s next.


A few short days ago, on April 28th, in the city of Basel Switzerland, I attended and spoke at the annual shareholders meeting of the transnational corporation and chemical giant, Syngenta,

I spoke from the podium directly to the Syngenta Board of Directors and the nearly 1,000 Shareholders in attendance.

My message was clear and unambiguous.  I asked them to withdraw from their lawsuit against the County of Kauai, to honor and follow our laws, and to give our community the same respect and protections afforded to the people in their home country of Switzerland.

I pointed out that their company Syngenta uses highly toxic Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP’s) in our community, including atrazine, paraquat and 4 others that they are forbidden by law from using in their own country.

Please take 2 minutes and 45 seconds to view the FIRST part of my remarks to the Syngenta shareholders here:

As you can see from the video, Fern Rosenstiel, a Kauai resident who traveled to Basel with our small Kauai delegation was filming my presentation when she was approached by Syngenta security and told to put away her camera.  She complied but when they tried to take her camera she refused to give it up and resumed filming as they escorted her from the hall.  Syngenta also prevented the local television news station and a French film crew from taking camera’s into the meeting.

The SECOND part of my remarks filmed as Fern was forcibly removed from the hall can be viewed in this 1 minute and 33 second segment:

How was I able to speak inside the Syngenta shareholders meeting you might ask?

The Swiss organization that invited the Kauai delegation to Switzerland is MultiWatch (Google will translate), and they own one Share of Syngenta stock.  MultiWatch transferred or otherwise assigned that Share to me giving me the legal right to enter and speak. To be clear, Syngenta did not want me there and was working on many levels to prevent me from speaking but legally there was nothing they could do to stop me.

MultiWatch is an incredible Swiss NGO and they are advocates for environmental, labor and social justice interests connected to Swiss Trans National Corporations that are bad actors in other parts of the world.

The delegation from Kauaʻi included Hawaiian cultural educator Mālia Kahale‘inia Chun, environmental scientist and co-director of Ohana O Kauaʻi Fern Rosenstiel, as well as myself.

While in Switzerland the Kauaʻi delegation also met with local and national Swiss lawmakers resulting in the Social Democratic Party, the largest political party in Basel, issuing a Statement of Support, asking Syngenta to “honor the democratic process and protect the people of Kauaʻi.”  These meetings also resulted in several articles in Swiss Newspapers, television news and Swiss Public Radio covering Syngenta’s activities in Hawaiʻi and the Kauaʻi residents’ concerns.

Swiss television:


News Major Paper

Warning all news is in German J

English/Hawaii news summary here:

Our small delegation made several presentations to a European alliance of environmental organizations, trade unions and political parties tracking the activities and impacts of Swiss transnational corporations around the world during a conference held April 24th & 25th.

We embarked on our trip to Switzerland at the invitation of MultiWatch who was aware of the Kauai Bill 2491 and the growing movement in Hawaii.  Our primary goal was to educate this international audience on the cultural and historical context of Syngenta’s operations on Kauaʻi, the impacts of the industry’s activities, and the political and social efforts of the community to gain environmental and public health protections (i.e. through Kaua‘i Bill 2491 and state bills such as HB1514).  We also spoke of the similar battles and lawsuits underway on Maui and in Hawaii County.

For those not familiar with the movement here in Hawaii to regulate these large agrochemical companies this 4 minute video might prove interesting:

The issue on Kauai is simple really.  Syngenta and the other international chemical companies need to drop their law suit and comply with the duly passed laws of our County putting into place modest buffer zones around schools, hospitals and homes and fully disclose all pesticides use – as per Ordinance 960.

We are not going away and we will not tap out.  So long as these companies continue to disrespect and disregard the wishes of our community, we will continue the battle to make them comply.

Syngenta conducts heavy applications of Restricted Use Pesticides on Kaua‘i and sells RUPs containing atrazine and paraquat for use around Hawai‘i –pesticides which are banned in their home country of Switzerland.  In addition, Syngenta has extensive acreage of open-air genetically-modified test crops on Kauaʻi, while cultivation of GMOs is banned in Switzerland.

The Hawai‘i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) supported the trip to Switzerland at the invitation of Swiss non-profit “MultiWatch.”  As the volunteer President of the Board for HAPA, I want to thank all in the community and around the world who helped make this trip possible.

We are presently contemplating partnering with our friends around the world and conducting similar actions in other countries on every continent.

We are also exploring the possibility of hosting an international conference of our own here on Kauai – at ground zero.

Shining the light on activities of the international agrochemical industry and expanding that global discussion is an important tool that we here in Hawaii need to leverage.  By inviting others from around the world who share our experience, plus bringing in science, medical and agricultural experts to share their knowledge, is a natural path and key role Kauai and all Hawaii could play in this critical international debate.

To host such an international conference will require partnerships with other organizations and funding support.  If you are interested in helping to move this idea forward please contact me soon so we can begin building the team it will take to make this happen.


Gary Hooser

P.S. If you are not familiar with my background or with the background concerning Bill 2491 and Kauai’s battle against the 4 largest chemical companies in the world, you might find this video interesting and informative.  Please skip the first 3 minutes of the introduction if you like:

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Into the Belly of the Beast: Bringing Kauai’s Story to Syngenta World Headquarters Annual Shareholders Meeting April 28th.

Yes, myself and two other Kauai residents are heading this coming week to share our Kauai story with the people and government of Switzerland, home to the world headquarters of Syngenta.   See Press Release here:

Syngenta, you will remember, is the primary plaintiff presently suing the people and County of Kauai for the right to spray poisons next to our schools, hospitals and homes.

We are attending an international conference in Basel, Switzerland sponsored by organizations who share our concern with regards to the environmental and health harm caused from the actions of large transnational chemical companies.

Our hosts in Switzerland have also arranged for me to attend and speak briefly inside the actual Syngenta shareholders meeting.  

I will have only a few minutes on the microphone and intend to tell Kauai’s story and ask the Board and shareholders of Syngenta to withdraw from their lawsuit against Kauai County, honor the laws passed by our community, and provide Kauai County with the same respect and protections afforded to the people of Switzerland.

Syngenta is a Swiss corporation and many of the restricted use pesticides they apply regularly on Kauai are banned in Switzerland.  Atrazine, paraquat and 4 other highly toxic pesticides that Syngenta uses on Kauai are forbidden from use in their own country.

Please help me carry a strong message to Syngenta from Kauai, from all Hawaii and from all over the world by signing this petition ( and sharing it with your friends and contacts.  

I intend to present this petition and copies of all signatures, along with my formal statement directly to the Syngenta Board of Directors and shareholders.

Syngenta must know and understand that our movement and our commitment to protect the health and environment of our community is not going away, but rather only grows stronger every day.

Please sign and share this Petition!

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