November 10, 2008

"Stinky Study" (part 1)

Confound: To cause to become confused or perplexed; fail to distinguish, mix up.

Despite there being evidence that the lessee of Field #809 is cultivating Cleome Gynandra (see D.O.A. Part 9) and data available in reference to compounds yielded from this benign weed, Kauai County Council has agreed to fund $50,000 "to characterize and monitor for odoriferous compounds produced by Cleome Gynandra" (1,2). Within a few weeks of Bill 2278 passing, Governor Linda Lingle approved an additional $100,000 for the "testing and assessment of pesticide in the ambient air" (3). The responsibility of developing the study as well as data collection has been delegated to CTAHR Plant & Environmental Protection Services Dr. Qi Li, with oversight from Dr. Robert Boesch of the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture. Dr. Li will conduct the study of "odoriferous compounds" as well as the testing of pesticide levels in the ambient air for Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Dr. Li is also the Hawaii State Director of Pesticide Registration Program (4). The University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) receives millions of dollars in endowments from the GMO seed industry which is its largest benefactor.

1. Botanical Dermatology Database: "Cleomaceae"
2. Letter to former Kauai County Council Vice Chair Mel Rapozo - July 3rd, 2008; pg. 2
3. The Garden Island Newspaper: "Westside Noxious Odor Study Funded"
4. Pesticide Registration Program Department of Environmental Biochemistry (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa

1 comment:

Maluia-WCMS said...

Hawaii Department of Agriculture Pesticide Program Manager Robert Boesch continues to misidentify the field adjacent Waimea Canyon Middle School as Field #806. All the incidents at the school, including those resulting in 20 children being taken to the hospital, occurred after pesticide application on Field #809. Field #809 represents Ag lands directly adjacent the western border of the W.C.M.S. campus.