Maui councilwoman introduces pesticide bill

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui County may join Hawaii and Kauai counties in regulating pesticides and genetically modified organisms.

County Council Member Elle Cochran introduced a bill on Friday that would mandate commercial agricultural entities disclose pesticides and GMO use. It would also establish pesticide buffer zones and require the county complete an environmental and public health impact study about pesticides and GMOs.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa last month signed a pesticide disclosure agreement with agricultural giant Monsanto, which operates farms on Maui and Molokai.

Cochran told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the mayor's agreement doesn't go far enough because it's voluntary.

She says mandatory disclosure requirements would ensure the public gets more information.

The Maui News reports Monsanto is asking the council to give the voluntary disclosure agreement a chance.

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