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Negative side to sugar harvesting not highlighted

March 14, 2014
The Maui News

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. recently mailed a letter to Maui residents applauding its cane burn notification program and claiming that it pumps $250 million into the local economy. What it does not mention is that the World Health Organization, the American Lung Association and many other credible, unbiased health organizations have identified air pollution as a major cause of cancers and disease. "Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health" (WHO Fact Sheet #313, updated 2011). The American Lung Association has specifically identified reducing agricultural burning as a strategy to improve public health.



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