In 2019, two bills on glyphosate were introduced in the Hawaii state legislature.
One was killed: HR109 would have required the Department of Education to report its use of glyphosate on schools and playgrounds.
The other survived and has been carried over to 2020: HB872 would prohibit the use of glyphosate herbicides on or within 100 feet of a school.
TAKE ACTION: Tell your state representatives to support House Bill 872 to ban glyphosate use on and around schools!
There are few companies doing business in Hawaii that are more hated than Monsanto (now owned by Bayer)—and for good reason!
According to the New York Times, in November 2019, Monsanto pleaded guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The Biotech Bully agreed to pay $10.2 million in criminal fines and other payments for the spraying and for illegally storing hazardous waste.
Monsanto sprayed Penncap-M, which contained the banned pesticide methyl parathion, on research crops in 2014—despite knowing that the Environmental Protection Agency prohibited its use after 2013.
Monsanto admitted it let employees enter the sprayed fields after seven days, despite knowing it should have waited 31 days.
Since acquiring Monsanto for $63 billion in June 2018, Bayer has been mired in litigation linking Monsanto's glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup to the cancer non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. So far, three of the now 42,000 cases against Bayer have been heard, and in all three cases, U.S. juries have ruled against Bayer.
Bayer's share price has fallen more than 30 percent over that time.
Glyphosate should be banned in Hawaii, and everywhere else. At the very least, state lawmakers should restrict its use near schools, where children play.