Here is a copy of a letter I wrote in support of Bill 2491 on Kauai. Ok, who are we kidding? I hijacked the first few talking points from a sample letter written by the Pass the Bill folks. They’re collecting endorsements from local businesses. Hopefully, Small Town’s vote means more than one little lady’s vote. To learn more about Bill 2491, I recommend a good thorough Google search, it’s a real hot topic on Kauai right now.
August 27, 2013
Small Town Coffee
4-1613 Kuhio Hwy, Unit D
Kapaa, HI 96746
Dear Honorable Kauai Council Representatives,
Small Town Coffee proudly endorses the passage of Bill 2491 Relating to Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms for the County of Kaua’i..
- GMO corporations must be required to disclose operations— we have a right to know.
- Regulations defined in Bill 2491 provide Kaua’i much needed protections for health of our residents and land.
- The world’s largest pesticide and biotech corporations, Syngenta, Dow, Monsanto, BASF, and Pioneer (DuPont) have long used the Hawaiian islands as their global testing sites for new genetically engineered (GE or GMO) crops and pesticides without any local oversight.
- Here is what I know about the restaurant industry:
- My little independent coffee shop is subject to inspections and regulations for all kinds of things. I have to install screens on every door and window, I have to have correct temperatures in every refrigerator, I have to have fresh food, I have to have a bleach bucket, I have to hang signs about washing hands, and invent regiments for sanitation, all in the name of keeping people safe and healthy. I happily submit to these requirements and even perform above and beyond for health and safety. And if I don’t it’s just plain gross.
- I also have to submit my recipes for inspection and approval by the health department, and then the health department tells me how to run my operations.
- When a customer wants to know what’s in my food, I have to tell them. In fact, I want to tell them because I’m proud of my work.
- Why, then, in the face of research, albeit controversial research, about the effects of chemicals and pesticides on public health, is the biotech industry permitted to perform operations without telling the public and the county and the health department what they are? Because of economics? They cause more revenue than I do? Because of “science”? I have, and you more than me, seen so much contradictory research. Because they create more jobs? I create jobs, too. In a more organic industry, all those people would have jobs still.
- I have to say that if their organizations have to take their business elsewhere because their operations are unsafe for the land and the community, I DO NOT CARE. If my coffee shop was deemed unsafe, the health department would happily shut me down. I care about the loss of jobs, but I am confident that the farmland can be used for better farming practices.
- Now, I don’t know a blooming thing about science and farming. What I know is that it is un-American for a large corporation to dominate a people group. I know that it is unfair for one business to be given special treatment over another business, regardless of their economic impact. I know that public health and interests take precedence over a business’ right to operate.
Small Town Coffee respectfully requests our council representatives to vote in favor of this bill.
Small Town Coffee