Agreement with Maui County requires Monsanto to disclose pesticide use

| November 21, 2013 | 7 Comments

County of Maui News Release

Mayor Alan Arakawa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Monsanto earlier this month, thereby obtaining assurances from the company that they will engage in safe practices involving restricted-use pesticides.

Monsanto, the largest private employer on Molokai, will be required to disclose all pesticide use to Maui County.

Monsanto, the largest private employer on Molokai, will be required to disclose all pesticide use to Maui County.


The MOU comes after bills were passed in Kauai and Hawaii Counties involving restrictions on the use of pesticides. While watching what was happening in other counties, Maui County decided to approach Monsanto — which has farms on both Maui and Molokai — to require disclosure of the company’s restricted-use pesticides and all information about related practices.

The company has readily complied, and signed an agreement being referred to as the “Maui County AG Oversight Agreement (AGOA).”

The AG Oversight Agreement states that Monsanto must:

• Disclose details on the restricted-use pesticides that are being used here, including the types, amounts used and the number of acres treated;
• Provide information about their stewardship measures related to pesticide technologies, fugitive dust and soil erosion;
• Strictly adhere to all federal and state pesticide-use requirements; and
• Meet quarterly with Maui County regarding the use of pesticides and other issues the community may have.

Mayor Arakawa said the AGOA will help provide some much-needed information to the public without putting financial burdens on taxpayers or opening the county up to costly lawsuits.

“Responsible use of pesticides is a concern for us all, especially for those of us who grew up on these islands when sugar cane and pineapples were our main exports,” said Mayor Arakawa. “There must be safeguards and a sharing of information, and I believe the AG Oversight Agreement is a proactive step we needed to take in providing both for our community.”

The County of Maui is also working with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) on a similar MOU agreement.
To read the full text of the MOU with Monsanto, click here.

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  1. kalaniua rittre says:

    eh dave,go talk to usda agent chevy levasa an ask her about monsantos voluntary self reports on their un regulated test fields …they supposed to report any break in containment on these fields{erosion,dust storms ,run off,animal}.the huge dust storms we had wasn’t reported to the usda by them until we filed a report to the usda about the dust storms ….so understand why i don’t trust monsanto or mycogen to do any thing voluntary…the have to be forced by law ,look at their history of self reporting

    • rick says:

      Good news from anyone downwind of those farms. Since I have been all organic for 11 years if I find residue of their poisons on my property then I will be asking them to remove the poisons, politely at first

    • molokainews says:

      Yeah, I know Chevy. Do you know her phone number? I will also follow-up with Maui County officials to find out if Monsanto sticks to the terms of the MOU. This is only the beginning.

  2. kalaniua rittre says:

    monsanto knew the people of maui county would demand a county law like kauai,an big island.then u would have doctors,scientist an people who live next to the fields come an testify an bring awareness an attention to the issue…monsanto wanted to do it quietly an this is a way{MOU} where if they fail to comply wit their promises it won’t bring legal reprecosions .take a look on youtube bill2491 testimonies an you’ll understand…chevy is a great person but she has little or no regulatory power over monsanto.we had a meeting wit her awhile back,she explained what she could..hate to put her on the spot but this is a very serious issue.the only person wit regulatory authority over monsanto/mycogen on the island is her,but she has very little power,so the companies basically regulate themselves…hope she meets wit u,peoples health is at stake.ill look for her #

  3. Haole Da Mushman says:

    Why do I think that Arakawa is in Monsanto’s back pocket?

    This MOU is total fluff and BS. They will provide an annual report, surely followed by cocktails and pupu’s for the Mayor and his cronies in a giant mansion somewhere on Maui.

    They agreed to an ANNUAL report. All this represents is an annual report card on our island’s exposure to deadly chemicals in monstrous volumes.

    There is no agreement to keep pesticides away from our schools (how about a 500 foot rule from Kualapuu school at least?), our residents (Kualapuu residents who have been walking their dogs in the coffee fields for decades are being harassed and expelled by Monsanto security. They say it is unsafe for people to be there.

    There are people living 100 feet away from this so called unsafe area.

    This begs the question:

    Is it unsafe to live in Kualapu’u?

    Time to get on this David. Working together, the people can keep the death spray away from where our keiki go to school and live.

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