August 16, 2014

Conspiracy Theory

or Complacency?


11/06/06
Mid-day spraying witnessed by teachers on ag land adjacent Waimea Canyon Middle School campus (Kauai).  Foul fuel like odor/taste in the air. Students complaining of headache, eye irritation, difficulty breathing, nausea, dizziness. W.C.M.S. teacher calls Dept. of Health, referred to Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture pesticide division Ann Kam.  Told by Ann Kam that she was going on vacation and that she would send someone to the school to investigate.  Ann Kam sends Syngenta employee to school.  Syngenta employee (Michael Girod/Doug Tiffany?) came to campus and spoke with Vice Principal.  Individual was escorted around campus by Vice Principal.  Syngenta employee tells Vice Principal that Syngenta had no spray operations taking place in adjacent field (#809).  Syngenta employee suggests odor/irritant caused by Cleome Gynandra ("Stinkweed").  See video of Syngenta spray application on field #809.  

11/14/06
HAZMAT called to school.  10 children taken to the hospital, 170 visited the health room as per Health Room records (Nov. 13-17, 2006).  "Principal Glenda Miyazaki could not confirm the number of students who went home that day (2)." Syngenta employees also respond to the school and again suggest odor/irritant caused by Cleome Gynandra ("Stinkweed").  A bucket of Cleome Gynandra is brought around to teachers asking them to smell the weed to confirm the genesis of odor/irritant.  Not one teacher confirms smell causing irritation and discomfort as being similar.  The Garden Island Newspaper publishes article, "Stinkweed" sends some home from Waimea Canyon School (2)."  "Syngenta official ordered the plowing under of a field bordering a school in Waimea..." (2).  Syngenta official ordered the plowing under of a previously cultivated field (see video)?  Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture summary report of incident (Jan. 8, 2007) confirms pesticide application on fields adjacent W.C.M.S. campus beginning Oct. 20, 2006.  Report states that, "On October 20, 2006 to November 6, 2006 Syngenta Seeds, Inc. applied the pesticide Eradicane to fields west of Waimea Canyon School (1)." The Jan. 08, 2007 Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture's summary report does not identify what fields Eradicane was applied to despite doing so for other applied pesticides.  Syngenta administrator Doug Tiffany has letter published in The Garden Island Newspaper titled, "Addressing odor concerns..." (2).  Eye witness testimony and video evidence contradicts Syngenta records and Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture report of no pesticide application on field #809 (field adjacent W.C.M.S. western border shown in video). Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture investigation and sampling occurs weeks after known applied pesticide(s) half life and heavy rains.  Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture generates a 1,500-page report of the incident which was purchased by the Hawaii State Teachers Association and reviewed by Dr. Lorrin Pang at the Waimea Canyon Middle School campus library.  The report was stored at the school.  The unredacted 1,500-page report went missing after Principal Miyazaki's retirement (2013).  Attempts to locate the whereabouts of the report were unsuccessful despite requests by the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

Support the County of Kauai's Ordinance 960 and those Kauai County Council Members and candidates that will fight to protect your children and Kauai nei. 
 
"Conspiracy Theory or Complacency?"
To Be Continued...

1.Google image search: "Complacency,"
2. The Garden Island Newspaper
3. Gowen Materials Safety Data Sheet: "Eradicane"
 

February 10, 2014

Where Are the Heroes?

TheOldTechnician wrote...
"As you can see, the amounts in your graph are far, far below what could even begin to have an effect, let alone cause widespread sickness." 

 Maluia-WCMS reply...
"Considering the data represents air samples taken 3 yrs. after any active spraying, the air samplers including the high volume sampler were blown over and filled with rain throughout the study, Syngenta was cultivating Cleome Gynandra ("Stinkweed") during the study period; the data is frightening. You don't have to be a scientist to infer what pesticide levels were when Syngenta was actively spraying Chlorpyrifos 100yds. upwind of classrooms with children of reproductive developmental age. The 4 women teachers that were pregnant at the time of the spraying who birthed children with special needs, the 20 children taken to the hospital during acute drift incident's, the hundreds of other children that suffered through those same incident's without reprieve, and the multitude of teachers who left the school to then have a myriad of symptoms all listed on the known applied pesticide "Materials Safety Data Sheet" cease ask; what kind of person seeks to justify the poisoning of children?"


On 01/29/14 with west winds @ 15+knts. as children played outside during morning recess, our "Good Neighbor" Syngenta was applying pesticide upwind of Waimea Canyon Middle School. Lorsban is the only restricted use pesticide listed on the "Good Neighbor" log provided to the school. "Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems (1)". The EPA cites Lorsban as causing potential nervous system and brain damage to children. It has been banned by the E.P.A for residential use and is banned in the European Union (2). Sen. Clarence Nishihara and any other cynic that considers any voice against GMO Ag practices as emotional or fanatic need to spend time at the school (3,4). Then they'll feel the truth. This isn't a game or exercise in ego. For those at ground zero, the effects are real! Many teachers have left the school with symptomology associated with pesticide exposure without continuance once out of the environment.  We don't have time to wait for discourse, we're getting poisoned. STOP POISONING OUR CHILDREN (5)!

Western border fence of Waimea Canyon Middle School, 01/29/14 @ 9:45am.




1. Pediatrics (Dec.01,2012). Pesticide Exposure in Children. American Academy of Pediatrics, 130(6),pgs.1757 - 1763.  Published online Nov.26,2012, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/6/e1757.full
2.Berman, D. (2014,January), Syngenta Chief Slams EU Pesticide Ban - W.S.J.com, from http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304856504579338121931258140
3. Did Hawaii Sen. Nishihara Just Breathe New Life Into Dying Biotech Bill? - Honolulu Civil Beat. (2014, Feb. 03). Retrieved from http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2014/02/03/21094-did-hawaii-sen-nishihara-just-breathe-new-life-into-a-dying-biotech-bill/ 
4. Bid to Override County GMO Restrictions Is Dead - for Now - Honolulu Civil Beat. (2014, Feb. 04). Retrieved from http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2014/02/04/21105-bid-to-override-county-gmo-restrictions-is-dead-for-now/
5. Chlorpyrifos | Pesticide Action Network. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.panna.org/resources/chlorpyrifos

January 28, 2014

Final Project Report for Kauai Air Sampling Study


March 15, 2013

Qing X. Li, Jun Wang and Robert Boesch
Department of Molecular Biosciences and

Table 15. Estimated exposure to the pesticides and MITC in ambient air at Waimea Canyon Middle School (WCS) and Hanalei Elementary School (HES).
 
*Click graph to enlarge.

The above graph was compiled using the data from Table 15, page 30 of the Final ProjectReport for Kauai Air Sampling Study” , March 15, 2013 by Qing X. Li, Jun Wang Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering University of Hawaii and Robert Boesch Hawaii Department of Agriculture.  This study has been used repeatedly by opponents of Bill2491 (Ordinance 960) and journalist’s as lending “support to Syngenta’s contention that the middle school odors were from the aptly named stinkweed, not pesticides (1).” MITC represented in the graph is a target volatile natural chemical emitted by Cleome Gynandra (stinkweed).  DDT and BHCs and their persistence once released into the environment should be the lesson learned and not repeated. They were created by the same pesticide companies Bill2491 (Ordinance 960) addresses.  Chlorpyrifos, Bifenthrin, and Metolachlor are all restricted use pesticides used by the GMO Seed/Pesticide industry (e.g. Syngenta, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto).  The debilitating symptoms expressed by students and staff during incidents occurring at Waimea Canyon Middle School are listed on the "Materials Safety Data Sheet" potential health effects for each of the restricted use pesticides listed on the graph.  

           1.  Pollack, Andrew. "Unease in Hawaii’s Cornfields.” New York Times [NY] October 7, 2013: 2. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/business/fight-over-genetically-altered-crops-flares-in-hawaii.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0. November 13,2013

December 11, 2012

Got Headache? (The End)



Community Based Participatory Research Project

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE: A "Community-Based Participatory Research" project was developed April 2008 in an effort to determine the genesis of multiple illness of children and adults living on Kauai's westside.  With exposure to Organophosphate / Chlorpyrifos and the concomitant health risks well established, the primary focus of the research project was to determine the concentration of pesticides in the air in the vicinity of Waimea Canyon Middle School and review bio-monitoring data for correlation.  Establishing a correlation will further emphasize the dangers of pesticide exposure (acute / chronic) particularly to children of reproductive developmental age and the need for legislation regulating and improving the monitoring of pesticide use in close proximity of schools and communities. 
  
METHODS: Community members attended seminars attaining "Drift Catcher" certification as accredited by PAN Drift Catcher sites were established at private homes adjacent the research site.  Information collected included, drift catcher air samples, weather data, specific sample date/time, location, and anecdotal bio-monitoring data.  Selected samples were sent for analysis by certified labs in California

RESULTS: Drift Catcher air samples resulted in positive findings of Organophosphate / Chlorpyrifos pesticide drift in the vicinity of the research target site.  Analyzed samples were below the E.P.A.'s  "Reference Exposure Levels". Researchers note that REL's are based upon testing for short-term (acute) and long-term (chronic) health effects on laboratory animals. Recent studies suggest that, even at concentrations meeting current federal standards, it is an individual's metabolism that is the determinant of negative health manifestations when exposed to pesticides. Observable agricultural pesticide application was not taking place during positive sample acquisition indicating possible volatilization.  Collected weather data indicates drift occurring with winds towards and away from Drift Catcher collection sites in reference to agricultural land. During agricultural season with active weekly pesticide application occurring, exposure frequency could be considered chronic. Anecdotal bio-monitoring evidence indicates a correlation of increased agricultural activities and incidence of negative health manifestations.        

CONCLUSIONS:  Once acres of sugar cane, the lions share of land on Kauai's westside is now used for the agriculture of GMO crops.  The communities of Hanapepe, Kaumakani, Pakala, Waimea, and Kekaha all have agricultural lands adjacent neighborhoods and schools.  Environmental exposure residential avenues include contact with occupationally exposed family members and proximity to application sites.  On Kauai's westside the percentage of people (adult/children) susceptible to these exposure avenues can only be determined through survey, biological monitoring, and continued air-sampling.  This was Dr. Lorrin Pang's suggestion in his March 2007 report of an incident that occurred at Waimea Canyon Middle School on Kauai's westside.  The incident Dr. Pang investigated resulted in a myriad of negative health symptoms among students and staff that were also documented on Material Safety Data Sheets for pesticides applied during the school day on adjacent ag fields. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Health Equity Council (NACDD_HEC) defines health disparities as "differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, burden of diseases, and other adverse health conditions or outcomes that exist among specific population groups in the United States." The World Health Organization (WHO) definition recognizes health disparities as, "differences in health which are not only unnecessary and avoidable, but considered unfair and unjust." Research parameters were limited by variables, findings are  inconclusive due only to these limitations.            

Epilogue
Unbeknownst to the public and shared only with those invited, in Jan. 2012 a meeting was held to discuss the findings of the State and County air-quality study being done at Waimea Canyon Middle School.  State agency personnel attending included Department of Ag's Robert Boesch, Lyle Wong, Thomas Matsuda, and Janet Ashman, CTAHR's Dr. Qing Li and associate June Wong, Department of Education Complex Superintendent Bill Arakaki, Vice Principal of Waimea Canyon Middle School Linda Uyehara, Bill Spitz, George Costa, and oddly community member Bruce Pleas.  Mr. Pleas has no professional or private association with the school or issue.  Representation for teacher's at the school was not invited, and the health department declined invitation.  The State study was funded with $100,000 to investigate the odor that caused the incident at Waimea Canyon Middle School.  The County study funded with $50,000 was to study the odoriferous properties of the plant cleome gynandra.  Dr. Lee from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (CTAHR) established passive air samplers on the roof tops of buildings "C" and "D" on the W.C.M.S. campus.  A smaller similar passive air sampler was hung from the ceiling of a classroom in "C-building"Passive air sampling occurred for a period of timeAn additional High Volume air-catcher was set up on the roof of "C-building" and was activated for only one week.  Dr.  Lee reported that BHC, DDT, Chlorpyrifos, Bifenthrin, and Metachlor were found in air samples taken at W.C.M.S.  Active sampling with PAN Drift Catchers in the vicinity of the school at the same time as Dr. Lee's study also found chlorpyrifos.  As the photos indicate often Dr. Lee's active air samplers were compromised by weather and sample validity is in question.   The GMO industry are major funders for The College of Tropical and Agriculture and Human Services.

"I suspect that this is the intention of the manufacturer. Let's so confuse the situation that no liability could ever be ascertained, even if there is a big problem (1)."  

1.. "Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of our Lives" a film by Jeffery Smith; quote Lawrence Plumlee, M.D. 
http://geneticroulettemovie.com/http://geneticroulettemovie.com/
2. "Sources of Exposure to and Public Health Implications of Organophosphate Pesticides" 
http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?pid=S1020-49892003000800004&script=sci_arttext  
3. "2012 Environmental Justice Strategy and Implementation Plan" 
http://www.hhs.gov/environmentaljustice/strategy.pdf 
4. "Debating How Much Atrazine is Safe in Your Water Glass"
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/us/23water.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&