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Farmers Push Back Against Hawaii’s Potential Chlorpyrifos Ban

May 3, 2018, 7:19 PM

Hawaii’s farmers are pushing back against legislation that would make the state the first in the U.S. to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic insecticide that can trigger headaches, nausea, and in some cases, paralysis.

Legislators in Hawaii cleared S.B. 3095, which would bar the use of pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos as an active ingredient starting in 2019, sending the bill to Gov. David Ige (D).

Environmentalists cheered the move, saying it would protect public health. But farmers throughout the state say they’re concerned the bill will hurt their industry.

The ban is unnecessary since pesticides that Hawaii ...