Hawaiian Paradise has Become Ground Zero for GMO Biotech Warfare
by Christina Sarich
Perhaps the Hawaiian Islands bring to mind a trade-wind kissed beach and beautiful local music, enjoyed with a Mai Tai in hand and a golden tan to go with it. To companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, and others, however, the Island chain has become dumping grounds for their chemical GMO warfare on our food supply.
You might ask yourself how this could ever happen – after all – Hawaii is full of environmentalists, and those who are vigilant about protecting their land and oceans. Well, starting in the mid 1990′s, the sugar cane industry collapsed, and much of the land on the island of Kauai was left vacant or become the property of the State or private landholders. Guess who leases out the land? None other than biotech’s Big Six: Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, BASF, Pioneer, and Bayer.
Maggie from the HuffingtonPost writes:
“A little over a month ago I was shocked to learn from a friend that Kauai and the rest of the Hawaiian Islands have become Ground Zero for open air testing of experimental pesticides and GMOs. After hearing this information I made my first visit to Kauai and researched what was happening on the island, and learned about the grassroots movement fighting back to stop the chemical trespass and assault on the environment.”
For over twenty years now they have been experimenting on crops by utilizing all sorts of herbicides and pesticides, without doing due diligence on their long term effects on human health or the nearly pristine environment that they degrade.
“My intention with this article is to raise awareness and help shine a light on the environmental crisis that is happening right now, under our noses, in Hawaii. If action isn’t taken quickly and soon, I am fearful of what the long term, unrestrained use of pesticides will do to the ecology of Hawaii. What the general public needs to know, is that GMO research in Hawaii requires the use of powerful restricted use pesticides.
Kauai residents are not taking the poisoning of their ‘aina’ the Hawaiian word for land, lying down. They recently rallied in the streets to push Bills 2491, the “Right to Know” bill and Bill “113’ which would ban open-air growing of experimental GMO crops – since they are known to cross-pollinate and contaminate organic crops nearby.
GMO Free Hawaii Islands based on the Big Island of Hawaii, tells the world:
“E kulike kakou ma ke ka’awale o ka GMO,” or loosely translated “Hawaii joins together against GMO.” The organization promotes individual and grassroots refusal of GMO. “Any willing Big Island farmer, gardener, homeowner or business person can decide their personal intention to reject the current genetic food paradigm and post a “GMO-FREE ZONE” sign in public so that our combined message is clear.”
When joined with the messages of others throughout the world it is clear that these islands don’t want genetically modified organisms in their food supply. It seems pointedly plain that we shouldn’t poison paradise.