It’s being hailed as the “Mana March” and organizers of the anti-GMO, pro-Bill 2491 march say they are expecting thousands to show up this Sunday (Sept. 8).
Bill 2491, which will have a hearing on Monday, requires biotech companies operating on Kauai to disclose what pesticides they are spraying, where and in what quantities. The bill also requires buffer zones between GMO fields and public facilities, such as schools, parks, roads and waterways.
The measure is being vigorously opposed by the biotech companies operating on Kauai.
Here are the details:
The event will begin with a pule at 11:30 a.m. Marchers will walk down Hoolako Street, turning right on Rice Street, continuing to the Historic Kauai County Building. A rally, including music by Makana, John Cruz, Kepa Kruse and Shilo Pa will follow from 2 to 6 p.m. on the County Building lawn.
You can find more information here.
And here are some recent stories and commentary pieces that are well worth checking out:
Joan Conrow’s Truth a Casualty in Kauai GMO-Pesticide Debate
Andrea Brower’s GMOs in Kauai and the TPP: Connecting the Dots of a Destructive Food System
Salon’s GMO’s Are Tearing a Tropical Paradise Apart
And check out this radio interview of a Waimea teacher talking about the concerns in his west side community and school about the effects of pesticide spraying.
Civil Beat will be covering the march so stay tuned for more coverage.
Photo: An anti-GMO march on Oahu’s North Shore earlier this year, (Civil Beat)
— Sophie Cocke