Stop Spraying Restricted Pesticides at the Expense of Residents’ Health

3-9-14 Hawaii Fights Pesticides

Target: DuPont Pioneer CEO Charles S. Johnson

Goal: Stop spraying deadly pesticides on crops

Recently, Hawaii passed a bill restricting biotech companies from growing any new genetically modified crops using harmful pesticides. Companies have been ignoring the ban despite the fact that it has been in place for a few months already. One in particular, DuPont Pioneer, is a major producer of genetically modified food. Its fields are located near residential areas in Hawaii and the pesticides the company is spraying are slowly killing the people who live there. Support the people of Hawaii and demand DuPont Pioneer conform to the law by no longer spraying poisonous pesticides.

The Kauai Community Health Center serves many of the local residents and fieldworkers who live near Pioneer’s fields. Marghee Maupin, a primary care provider, says, “I hear of children waking up in the morning with blood on the pillow, I see people with asthma flare-ups on whom standard treatments [like steroids, heavy-duty drugs] don’t work.” She says it’s also common to see patients with rashes, skin blisters, and a variety of respiratory ailments. Local resident Kubo, who lives across from Pioneer fields, says there are seven confirmed cases of cancer on his road alone.

Unfortunately it is no surprise that the company has continued to spray. Pioneer has massive operations occupying tens of thousands of acres, and Hawaii hosts the largest number of experimental GM crops in the U.S. because of the subtropical climate. Records–that had to be legally extracted from the company–found biotech companies are using at least 18 of the 22 types of “restricted use pesticides.” Bill Freese of the Center for Food Safety commented, “We are talking about toxic chemicals like atrazine and chlorophenoxies that have clearly been linked to development problems in kids, and paraquat, which is extremely toxic when inhaled and is linked to Parkinson’s disease and cancer.”

Something is very wrong if children are dying and laws are being ignored. The people of Hawaii have had to fight to save their lives and the lives of their families. The law has been passed but DuPont Pioneer has decided to ignore it. Instead, it continues spraying these pesticides that cause cancer, asthma, and rashes. Sign this petition telling DuPont Pioneer CEO Charles S. Johnson how reprehensible these actions are and to stop immediately.


Dear CEO Johnson,

It recently came to my attention that your company, DuPont Pioneer, has continued to spray harmful pesticides despite the fact that it is now against Hawaii’s law. Please halt these actions immediately, as they are both illegal and outrageously harmful.

Local residents are suffering from your deadly chemicals; they are developing rashes, asthma, blisters, lung disease, cancer. The list is horrifying. Your company has continued to use these restricted pesticides because it is profitable. However, the choice is no longer yours. The people of Hawaii–the ones who work your fields, no less–have signed a law into effect banning this action. Find another, healthier way to produce your crops.


[Your Name Here]

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