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Maui Petition Filed Against GMO Industry, Monsanto Responds

Anti-GMO rally, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Anti-GMO rally, Sunday, March 30, 2014. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

By Wendy Osher

A total of 9,500 signatures were submitted to the county on Monday as part of a petition calling for the suspension of genetically-engineered operations and practices in Maui County.

The signatures were submitted by The Shaka Movement in an attempt to get the item on the November ballot as an initiative.

Mark Sheehan PhD, one of five residents who started the petition, said that by submitting the document, it marks the start of a 45 day period in which the County Registrar will review the signatures to verify that they are from valid individuals who are registered to vote in Maui County.

According to Sheehan, the group has an additional 1,500 petition sheets that have yet to be notarized. During the next few weeks, organizers say they will continue their efforts to gather more signatures as a buffer to ensure that the group has the required 8,500 valid signatures to qualify for inclusion on the November ballot.

Sheehan said the action has become necessary because of the thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Maui legislators from Monsanto and chemical corporations. He also said a critical factor for petition backers their belief that, “a wide range of illnesses — childhood cancers, miscarriages, birth defects, ADD, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and more — are related to the contamination of the environment from massive use of pesticides.”

“Every day brings more evidence of research studies from around the world linking both pesticides and GMOs to these illnesses and ailments,” said Sheehan in an email communication announcing the group’s progress in obtaining signatures.

“Submitting these signatures today was of major importance for the health of the public as well as our ability to take action to overcome the ineffectiveness of our compromised politics,” said Sheehan.

Representatives from Monsanto Hawaiʻi meantime responded to the petition calling it “a terrible initiative,” “unnecessary,” and “meaningless,” with claims that biotech crops are safe and protect crops threatened by disease.

Dawn Bicoy, community affairs manager for Monsanto Molokaʻi issued a statement saying the company will be mounting “an aggressive campaign against this initiative,” saying it would “devastate our county’s fragile agricultural economy.”

Bicoy said the initiative is based on what he called “false claims that are not supported at all by the overwhelming body of scientific evidence.”

Monsanto representatives say biotech crops are “critical to making food available and affordable to the world while also protecting crops threatened by disease, like Hawaii’s own papaya.”

The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association also released a statement against the initiative saying that, “With almost 18 million farmers worldwide growing genetically engineered crops — 90% of whom are small farmers in developing countries — the SHAKA Initiative would stop Maui farmers from taking advantage of modern technology to help address some of the most pressing problems facing agriculture today.”

Sheehan’s argument counters that claim saying, “you only have to dig a little bit to understand that GMOs are living organisms that stay alive in your gut; gut bacteria accounts for 70% of your immune system.”

Bicoy called the initiative “an attack against hundreds of employees and their families throughout Maui County” saying it “would result in significant revenue loss for not just the seed companies but other local businesses that benefit from having the seed industry here.”

About 200 Monsanto employees on Maui and 140 on Molokaʻi held signs during a rally last week to demonstrate support for Hawaii’s seed industry; while petition supporters joined in an anti-GMO rally held on March 30 in Kahului that drew more than 1,000 participants.

Sheehan said, “the whole world is watching. We have received support from around the country and other countries who are applauding what we are doing.”

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  • PaiaGirl

    Hawai’i Crop Improvement Assoc IS the GMO corporations. It is just their lobbying arm so a comment from them is the same as a comment from Monsanto.

    • Trust Issues

      Shaka movement members don’t believe the U.S, Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and now the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association…Wow! That is an impressive list! Who do you trust? Walter RItte? Interesting…

      • Lokeana

        ABSOLUTELY trust WALTER RITTE over all those you mentioned in your list. How about this list…

        ——————————————————————————–
        Toby Moffett – Monsanto Consultant – US Congressman D-CT

        Dennis DeConcini – Monsanto Legal Counsel – US Senator D-AZ

        Margaret Miller – Monsanto Chemical Lab Supervisor – Dep. Dir. FDA, HFS

        Bush Sr, Clinton

        Marcia Hale – Monsanto Director, Int’l Govt. Affairs – White House Senior Staff
        Clinton

        Mickey Kantor – Monsanto Board Member – Sec. of Commerce
        Clinton

        Virginia Weldon Monsanto VP, Public Policy – WH-Appt to CSA, Gore’s SDR
        Clinton

        Josh King – Monsanto Director, Int’l Govt. Affairs – White House Communications
        Clinton

        David Beler – Monsanto VP, Gov’t & Public Affairs – Gore’s Chief Dom. Polcy Advisor
        Clinton

        Carol Tucker-Foreman – Monsanto Lobbyist – WH-Appointed Consumer Advisor
        Clinton

        Linda Fisher – Monsanto VP, Gov’t & Public Affairs – Deputy Admin EPA
        Clinton, Bush

        Lidia Watrud – Monsanto Manager, New Technologies – USDA, EPA
        Clinton, Bush, Obama

        Michael Taylor – Monsanto VP, Public Policy – Dep. Commiss. FDA
        Obama

        Hilary Clinton – Rose Law Firm, Monsanto Counsel – US Senator, Secretary of State
        D-NY, Obama

        Roger Beachy – Monsanto Director, Monsanto Danforth Center – Director USDA NIFA
        Obama

        Islam Siddiqui – Monsanto Lobbyist – Ag Negotiator Trade Rep
        Obama
        ————————————
        Who do you trust again “trust Issues”? interesting indeed!!!

        • Trust issues

          It is remarkable to see how the list keeps growing… Do you also question the integrity of these organizations? Are they also part of your imaginary
          conspiracy?

          “World Health Organization

          “No effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved.”

          National Academy of Sciences

          “No adverse health effects attributed to genetic engineering have been
          documented in the human population.”

          American Association for the Advancement of Science

          “The science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular
          techniques of biotechnology is safe.”

          American Medical Association

          “There is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered
          foods.Bioengineered foods have been consumed for close to 20 years, and during that time, no overt consequences on human health have been reported and/or substantiated in the peer-reviewed literature.”

          European Commission

          “No scientific evidence associating GMOs with higher risks for the environment or for food and feed safety than conventional plants and organisms.’

          French Academy of Science

          “All criticisms against GMOs can be largely rejected on strictly scientific
          criteria.

          Union of German Academics and Scientists

          “In consuming food derived from GM plans approved in the EU and in the USA, the risk is in no way higher than in the consumption of food from conventionally grown plants. On the contrary, in some cases food from GM plants appears to be superior in respect to health.“

          Joint Statement of the Science Academies of Brazil, China, India, Mexico,
          Third World Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of the UK and the National Academy of Sciences of the US

          “Foods can be produced through the use of GM technology that are more
          nutritious, stable in storage and in principle, health promoting—bringing
          benefits to consumers in both industrialized and developing nations.””

          To your question, I trust reputable science organizations, rather than anti-science/anti-biotech disinformation propaganda.

  • Roger

    I just hope people understand the bills being passed and not just going by what other people tell them.

  • mauival

    The soil I s tired and toxic.The food chain is contaminated with pesticides.It is time to rid the islands of thes e chemical companies People will find better jobs.Go to hell Monsanto and stay out of the food business.

    • Just wondering

      I’m courious, what soils are contaminated and where? And how you went about your research? What kind of pesticides? And what companies will be able to acomadate 2-300 people with a county that has a 7% unemployment rate?
      Just wondering?

      • sam

        What county fund will be able to handle the class action suites that will come once Monsanto’s studies are proven to be insufficient or, as they have been proven in the past, to be outright lies? Are any jobs worth that risk? What gives them the right to put every child on Maui at risk for a lifetime of agony just to protect a few jobs? That’s pono?

      • Chemical Research

        Most Maui Monsanto employees who work in the field are migrant workers working on work vistas, the numbers are bolstered by part time employees. Why migrant workers? Migrant workers are hired by big ag as field workers, when they get sick from the experimental chemicals and GMO plants which excrete toxins, the migrant workers are then shipped back to phillipines, same wit Alexander and Baldwin cane field workers, all low wage migrant workers working on vista pass and being exploited by these international huge GMO biotech companies.

        • Luna

          Can you show some proof of this claim?

          • Brian Mcc

            They just make up all this stuff. Any research into GMO,s will prove this.

    • HC&S 800 jobs next???

      What is next? Will the Shaka movement try to eliminate the 800 HC&S agriculture jobs? Going against agriculture and local jobs is a strange way to
      support your community … Very strange…

      • TSL

        Small kine correction should say agribuisness not agriculture!

        • HC&S 800 jobs next???

          It seems that you are not comfortable answering my question…. I understand, if I were you, I would be ashamed also about opposing AGRICULTURE and LOCAL JOBS.

          • TSL

            You know HC&S is in bed with monsanto!When you find out where there experimental fields are let us know!

      • sam

        I’ll take this one. If HC&S really cared about jobs on Maui and not just their own corporate profits they would stop the burn and switch to Green Harvest which is more labor intensive and would require them to crete MORE jobs on Maui. HC&S only cares to exploit the people and natural resources of Maui for their own selfish gains F* HC&S. If they don’t stop the burn we’ll stop it for them. The community of Maui is more than just those 800 Blood Money jobs. You think you have a right to poison other people for your own gains. How selfish can you get? And don’t pull this “oh it’s a long tradition of cane burning” Like burning cane is a “Hawaiian” thing. Nothing could be further form the truth. Outsiders came took land from it;s rightful owners and have been raping this island ever since. I say again F HC&S !!!!!

  • sam

    It’s a moratorium to stop UNTIL they prove its safe. Not a ban. Once they show it’s safe they can go back to it. If it’s not safe then no amount of jobs are worth the pain and suffering that could be coming from what they are doing here.

    • Fedos

      You do realize that there are over 2,000 studies showing GMOs are safe, right?

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine/2013/10/14/2000-reasons-why-gmos-are-safe-to-eat-and-environmentally-sustainable/

      • TSL

        Please tell us your joking!I see your picture guy has a smile going on wonder what he’s $miling about?

        • Fedos

          I never joke when I’m trying to inform the grossly ignorant. Of course, once it’s obvious that you’re not just ignorant, but down right stupid, then I’ll start mocking you I guess mocking is a type of joking.

          The smile is because the picture is from my step-brother’s wedding. And yes, it did cost me more than I could really afford to rent that tux.

          • TSL

            Wow your realy weird!

          • CycloneFarms

            You’re just a noise maker.

          • Fedos

            You know, I’m not at all surprised that you would find an opposition to ignorance “weird”.

        • First Officer

          SAS, Shill Accusation Syndrome. Sufferers just can’t believe someone will disagree with them unless they’re getting paid to do so.

      • Maui_Mike

        Most of those studies were paid for results, therefore bias and meaningless.

        • Fedos

          “Show us evidence! Any evidence you show us will be immediately dismissed as the work of ‘shills’!”

          You’re just another ignorant conspiracy nut and an example of why this country needs strong mandatory federal education standards.

          • Maui_Mike

            And your argument is childish and foolish, you feel free to eat all the poison tainted food you want, in fact I encourage you to do so, apparently you could have benefited from some genetic modification yourself.
            Your opinion is laughable and mildly amusing…..grow up and act like an adult and lose the playground mentality….you sound like a pre pubescent girl attacking any ideas you disagree with….pathetic.

          • Erik

            The real question is, why would someone fund those studies? Where is the money coming from? Follow the logical path, and you will see that it smells like Benjamin.

      • TheTruth

        Another lie perpetuated by the biotech industry. In no way do those 2000 studies show safety. The “2000 studies list” is continually misrepresented and used to further the pro GMO argument. In actuality what the list contains is a number of animal production studies performed by the GM companies, these presumably to demonstrate to the meat industries that their animals will survive to slaughter with an acceptable meat product. A number of the studies on the list report changes, findings of harm, or findings that contradict assumptions made by regulators when they approved GM food for consumption. There are studies on experimental GM crops that produced adverse health outcomes in animals. Other ‘studies’ are opinion based discussions founded on a priori assumptions, their validity yet to be demonstrated. Some are simply irrelevant to human food safety.

        Just STOP already! The jig is UP!

        • Neil

          Fedos was referring to a peer reviewed paper from a European university, not the “biotech industry”. The peer-reviewed paper cited 1738 other ” original research papers, reviews, relevant opinions and reports addressing all the major issues that emerged in the debate on GE crops.peer-reviewed papers” and concluded:

          “The scientific research conducted so far has not detected any significant hazards directly connected with the use of GE crops”.

          and my personal favorite quote from the paper: “The literature about Biodiversity and the GE food/feed consumption has sometimes resulted in animated debate regarding the suitability of the experimental designs, the choice of the statistical methods or the public accessibility of data. Such debate, even if positive and part of the natural process of review by the scientific community, has frequently been distorted by the media and often used politically and inappropriately in anti-GE crops campaigns.”

  • Ua Ritte

    these companies are TESTING poisons in their fields which are right next to schools an homes…wat kind of job is that..for those of us who live next to these fields its a no brainer, take your poisons an test it next to homes an schools of all those people who support gmos an see if they still think its all safe….they should put a field in the state capitol an the county building

    • sam

      And what Monsanto executive has a home next to the test fields or anywhere near? None. The people of Maui County are expendable to these billion dollar corporate monsters. Don’t fall for their propaganda. They have the system rigged, they control the EPA and the FDA, and it’s Maui children that will pay the price.

  • http://geneticallyengineeredfoodnews.com Ella Baker

    GMO food labelling supporters are continuously growing!

    • Fedos

      Yes, if there’s one thing that’s never in short supply, it’s human stupidity.

      • Voltaire the intellect.

        Yes, Frodo, I mean Dumbo, adding a few words to a label to let the consumer decide is the height of stupidity.

        • Fedos

          Oh, don’t worry. Everyone already knows that you’re the height of stupidity.

        • RobertWager

          How would you label a loaf of bread?

          • MauiShadow

            Seriously? Bread (even from a small baker) always come in bags with labels.

      • Maui_Mike

        You seem intent on proving that true, you have accomplished that goal, you embody it.

        • Fedos

          Oh look, another mentally deficient conspiracy nut.

          • Lokeana

            Fedos, you are doing yourself no favors, all you’ve proved to me is that you have no idea what your talking about, and do what most people do, stoop to personal attacks. Thank you for proving them right!

      • Erik

        You are proof of your own statement, congratulations.

      • MauiShadow

        @Fedos: If GMO’s and the pesticide residues always found on them in high concentrations are so absolutely safe, then why are these companies so afraid of labeling their products? If these crops are so beneficial to the consumers, then why aren’t the manufacturers proudly proclaiming that their products contain GMO’s? Seriously, You go on and on about how wonderful GMO’s and pesticides are and yet Monsanto et al, will spend hundreds of millions to fight any kind of labels that would give consumers the ability to make an informed choice. No matter how ill-informed you think the public is, everyone has a right to make an informed choice. Willfully keeping information from the public prevents us from making those choices. What possible justification can you offer for that?

      • Maui_Mike

        Yes, you are living proof of that.

    • hyperzombie

      In width or height?

      • First Officer

        My money’s on width!

        • hyperzombie

          LOL

  • RobertWager

    What has pineapple farming got to do with GE crop research?

    • sam

      Pineapple farming in the past deposited chemicals onto the soil that leached into the groundwater. There’s 30 year plan to continue to filter those poisons out. What’s being done on Maui today is subject to what was done here in the past, yet the risk of today’s chemicals mixing with what we know is already there have not been assessed.

      • hyperzombie

        That is why you should support GMOs, they use less harmful chemicals and are more friendly to the environment.

        • sam

          They may have used less chemicals in the beginning but now that we are 15 ys into it thee amounts and harshness of the chemicals required is going up. Glyphosate was long ago patented as an antibiotic, it’s an endocrine disruptor. And like all antibiotics the target eventually develops a resistance. That’s what we are staring to see now, super bugs and super weeds, and why Monsanto just upped the amounts it wants you believe are safe in your body, they even got the EPA to do it’s dirty work for them and approve it, which isn’t saying much since they virtually control the EPA.

          • sam

            It’s a good place to point out too that some of GMO crops that are being produced are not actually any better than the originals, in some cases they are far inferior to nature’s version, but the only way the Big 6 Ag companies can control the market for seeds is to manufacture a GMO version, So they do. An inferior GMO version that they push into the marketplace even where it’s not needed or wanted. That’s Pono? Not!

          • sam

            How do hey push a product into the marketplace, you ask? Like all good distributors do, they simply say to farmers, if you want to have this seed, you also gotta buy this one too. A time tested marketing trick done in every product niche that can get away with it.

          • First Officer

            Really? Which ones? You’d think the farmers using them would notice but they keep buying the seeds year after year. Are you calling farmers dumb?

          • hyperzombie

            Give your head a shake for a second and think about it. Why would a farmer pay extra for seed and have to use even more herbicide? That is crazy, Herbicide is expensive and if GMOs didn’t allow for less input costs why would anyone pay extra for them?

          • First Officer

            Wow, you rail against chemicals yet it is you who drank the anti-gmo koolaid. Glyphosate was never billed as an antibiotic and evolving resistance has been around long before GMO’s. Resistance even evolved against some mechanical and manual weeding practices. I’m curious though, you are against glyphosate so why do yo care if weeds develop resistance against something you don’t want used in the first place?

          • MauiShadow

            Are you that stupid naturally, or have you chosen to be ignorant? When weeds develop resistance to chemicals, the farmers have to use more and more to get the same result. Of course this is exactly what the chemical companies want to happen… use more chemicals!

          • First Officer

            Yeah, every company looks forward to the day when their products are longer needed. The farmer would simply stop using them when those extra applications nullify any advantage. So, weed resistance is not the winning selling strategy you think it is.

        • maui music

          GMO’s allow the use of even more of the toxic Chemical called round up, because they are resistant. It’s like trying to put a fire out with gasoline.
          WE NEED LESS pesticides not more.

          • hyperzombie

            You are obviously not a farmer, GMOs use less harmful chemicals and enable farmers to use no till practices to improve the environment and soils.

          • MauiShadow

            You are an obvious shill for the chem companies. There is no way Round-Up could ever “improve the environment and the soils”. Those chemicals kill all of the soil microbes and lead to the need for more and more chemical inputs. It would be one thing if those chemicals only affected morons like you, but they drift everywhere and affect all of us. What about our right to live with a clean environment? If you think Round-Up is so good for you, please go ahead and drink a big glass of it.

          • First Officer

            SAS, Shill Accusation Syndrome, strikes again !

          • hyperzombie

            Wow you are so wrong. Roundup improves the soil and feeds the microbes. iT ONLY KILLS GROWING WEEDS.

          • sam

            Feeds the microbes? You got to be kidding. That’s a bold face lie. The stuff was at one time patented as an antibiotic. How does an antibiotic feed microbes? It kills them.

          • Brian Mcc

            “Those chemicals kill all of the soil microbes” Completely false, your just lying now. Typical.

          • MauiShadow

            You have no idea what you’re talking about. I have been an avid organic gardener for the last 30+ years. Do you mean to tell me that soil that is tended using organic methods is no healthier than soil that has been treated with chemicals like round-up? I can tell you after looking at microbe counts that chem treated soils are virtually devoid of life, while organic soils are thriving. Please show me any research (not funded my chem corporations) that can refute this. You can’t, because your claims are patently false. But go ahead and keep shoveling those chemicals into your gut… it guarantees that your life will be shorter and those of us who want to work towards a healthier more sustainable planet will be around to make the needed changes.

          • hyperzombie

            The exact opposite is true. Farmers use Round up because it is less harmful and better at killing weeds, Would you rather they go back to using atrazine?

          • maui music

            No I would rather you take a sip of round up and attempt to then have an intelligent conversation from your experience.

          • maui music

            Or go have a conversation with a woman who has just experienced birth defects with her new born while living next to a monsatan field. Then I am hoping your empathy skills will come alive and you will no longer be a hyperzombie.

          • hyperzombie

            While I am empathetic to the poor woman and her child, Round up does not cause birth defects.

          • maui music

            While I do believe you are entitled to your opinion, Round up causes a plethora of problems that would take too much space to describe. After monsanto handed over 1700 pages of Proof there products are safe to show how only 12 studies proved it was safe. We have looked at 1/2 the papers and found them to be misrepresenting the truth in 6 of the studies. I invite you to read some of Don Huber’s work, The Shaka movement has over 11k signatures of people who are not against GMO’s, they just do not want Monsanto on our island spraying chemical cocktails, poisoning our land and instigating sickness amongst the residents. I am imagining you work for Monsanto, so I invite you to drink some as a public demonstration on how safe it is and even I will be believer. Good luck!

          • hyperzombie

            Don Huber, doesn’t do science anymore, he is an activist that misrepresents his work.

          • maui music

            Thank you for sharing our opinion. In my opinion he is a great scientist that has done more good work for our country then any of the others that were sponsored, bribed or silenced by Monsanto. In my opinion you are working for monsatan as well represented by name. Blessings!

  • RobertWager

    People should download and read the European National Academies of science Advisory Council 2013 report-Planting the Future. I bet you will be very surprised at what they say.

    • TheTruth

      You should mind your own business, you nosy Canadian.

      • First Officer

        Let me guess. Your favorite song is Jingo bells?

  • Maui Islander

    For years I was unable to eat certain foods,
    I’m in my 60’s and thought age had something to do with it.
    Breads ( and I always considered myself a bread person, I loved my bread.)
    Corn, or any corn products, canola and worst was anything with cottonseed oil.
    My body would swell up along with severe headaches.
    It wasn’t until we were vacationing in ITALY that I realized that it wasn’t ME, it was GMO’S! In Italy I was able to eat everything and anything!
    All bread products yum!! With no problems at all !
    GMO’S are not allowed in Italy!
    GMO’S ARE EVIL and Monsanto is the DEVIL!
    Organic vegetarian Islander♡

    • joe

      Move to Italy I guess.

    • hyperzombie

      Hate to break it to you but there is no GMOs in bread, unless it is cornbread. There is no GM wheat.

      • TSL

        Who,what,where,when,why,how did you come up with this BS?Pizza #1 delivery system of GMO !

        • hyperzombie

          I repeat there is No Commercially Available GMO Wheat……There is Clearfield Wheat From BASF but it is NOT GMO. Thems the facts Jack

          • TSL

            Corn,wheat,rice are the top GM foods! Wikipedia this word GM wheat!Do you think there miss informed by et’s?

          • CycloneFarms

            There is no commercially available GM wheat. Period.

          • Voltaire the intellect.

            Semantics my dear misinformed poster. There are more than enough bread products sweetened with GMO laced high fructose corn syrup to make up for any non GMO wheat. So, does it really matter, even if you were correct?

          • Fedos

            Look at those goal posts move!

          • hyperzombie

            I better not tell them that most cheese is made with rennet from GMO bacteria, they would have a fit….

          • First Officer

            Tell ‘em! I’d love to see them running about in figure eights with their arms flailing and sreaming their heads off !

          • hyperzombie

            HFCS is just glucose and fructose sugars and water, It has no GMOs in it, you people are really out there.

          • Erik

            Last I checked, HFCS isn’t artificially produced in a laboratory. It comes from corn, which is mostly GMO in this country. That’s not even the real issue, it’s the pesticides used on corn that cannot be completely filtered out that make its way into the American diet. Recently, bee colony collapse syndrome has been linked to these chemicals, and that even very low doses affect honeybee’s ability to function. Plus, then they are inundated by even more pesticides when they go to pollinate our crops.

            All sorts of nasty problems these guys are creating, but hey if it helps the economy who cares what/who dies right?

          • hyperzombie

            Look HFCS is just fructose sugars and water, there is nothing else in it, Is the ethanol burned in your car gmo?
            Think about it, why would farmers pay more for seeds and have to use more herbicides, are the vast majority of farmers stupid.
            The CCD affecting bees is caused by a virus spread by a mite.

          • Erik

            There are small traces of herbicides in HFCS, albeit negligibly low, and when exposed to heat HFCS forms hydroxymethylfurfural, a compound toxic to bees. The bees are exposed to pesticides and herbicides at higher doses while actively pollinating, which at very low levels affect their ability to fight disease such as those carried by mite, and at still fairly low levels kills off more than 90% of colonies within 23 weeks. It’s all bad dude.

          • Brian Mcc

            Yet bees nowhere near ANY spraying at all have the same issues.

          • hyperzombie

            “hydroxymethylfurfural” is a naturally occurring chemical and it occurs naturally in ALL Honey. Where do you get this info from?, Dude?

          • hyperzombie

            Insecticide use is down due to GMO crops. Bt crops protect bees.

          • CycloneFarms

            Not semantics.

            There is no GMO wheat.

            A baker has lots of sugar choices. You moved the goalposts.

          • RobertWager

            Please explain how fructose can be determined to be GM or not. I thought fructose is a sugar molecule and all fructose are the same molecules.

          • Lokeana

            thank you!

          • hyperzombie

            Maybe All Caps will work NO WHEAT IS GMO (IN THE STORE OR IN YOUR BREAD)

          • First Officer

            The lack of GMO’s in his diet has obviously affected his reading comprehension :)

          • hyperzombie

            Oh and there is no commercially available rice grown anywhere either.

          • sam

            To me it’s not about GMO foods, we ‘re not bogged down with the labeling issues, that’s another fight.

            In Maui County and elsewhere in Hawaii it’s about open field experimental chemical use and the release of new GM organism into the environment. If yo don;t live here then it doesn’t effect you.

            If you do live here you owe it to yourself to question what they are doing in our lands. There are enough new independent scientific studies that call the 2000 company sponsored studies into question. And since it’s clear that the regulatory and political system has been taken over by the GMO companies it’s up to the people, us, to make the demand for proof that what they are doing here is not hurting the people or the land for generations to come.

            So, Fedos, and other GMO supporters. Stupids is as stupid does, you can believe the propaganda of a well funded and well coordinated multi billion dollar corporation that has lied in the past, or you can question and take appropriate actions to protect yourself and your loved ones from potential harm. If I error in this matter I’d rather error on the side of caution. That’s why we are calling for a moratorium not a ban. If they can prove its safe here then they can continue. If it not safe then we have every right to get them to stop. When in doubt, vote them out – until they prove its safe.

          • hyperzombie

            How could a GM plant harm the environment? Crops cannot survive in the wild, they have to be attended to or they will die.

          • TheTruth

            Lies. There are scienitific studies about the GMRAPEseed spreading wildly all over the world. Shut up and go away.

          • hyperzombie

            First of all I didn’t realize that there was any GM rapeseed varieties. If rapeseed was spreading all over the world, I would have noticed. It is easy to spot, short plant lots of yellow flowers in the spring.

          • Lokeana

            thank you so much!!

          • First Officer

            Boy, do you wish there was GM wheat to blame, don’t you?

          • Voltaire the intellect.

            Why would you and the others on here claiming that GMOs are wonderful feel that it’s important to make your point that there is no GMO’d wheat or rice. WTH? Why do you care or even bring it up? You’re saying GMOs are great while at the same time you’re defending that certain grains have yet to be modified. Shouldn’t you be happy if there are more GMO’d grains rather than boasting how wheat and rice haven’t been gotten to by Monsanto yet? I’d guess you are happy to point it out because even in the back of your own mind, at a higher level of consciousness you consciously ignore, you know Monsanto’s evil deeds can’t go on forever before no safe, natural food is left or available on the planet and even you have to eat. It’s your survival instinct causing you to tout how wonderful it is that there is no GMO wheat or rice, yet and if it were true we would actually have a point of agreement. Unfortunately, you are once again wrong. Monsanto, by its own admission has been working on GMO’d wheat for nearly 15 years and It will be brought to market within the next two. So YES there is GMO’d wheat, it’s just not ready quite yet.

          • hyperzombie

            Wow that was a long post just to say “I was right and you were WRONG”.
            It is not “wonderful” that there is no GM wheat. If you truly liked the environment and farmers you would demand that wheat and rice were modified. Producing more food on less land using fewer inputs is a win for everyone. Look up the History of wheat, it is far from “natural”.

          • TSL

            Hay dip stick your out of oil! Wheat has been weaponised to up set the bacteria in the gut!All grains have been GMOed!

          • hyperzombie

            Are you drunk???

          • TSL

            Sorry cannuk dont drink!But I see you love that GMO beer from Canada!

          • TheTruth

            Yeah right, we already know Monsanto has spread their GMO wheat around before its approval. Their plan is CLEAR AS DAY. CONTAMINATE ALL OF THE WORLDS FOOD SUPPLY WITH GMOS SO NO ONE HAS A CHOICE.

      • Voltaire the intellect.

        Don’t believe everything you think.

    • First Officer

      Italy imports large amounts of GMO corn, from the US, of course.

  • Maui Islander

    I remember, as a kid in the 60’s walking to school, seeing wheat growing out from the cracks of the sidewalk, plucking them and chewing on the wheat stem on my way to school.
    Wheat and whatever a farmer was growing in the neighborhood would be found in the fields nearby.
    Since Monsanto, and there greedy desires to control OUR FOOD, By corrupting with GMO’S, OUR natural reproductive life giving seeds, I no longer see the wheat growing wild through the cracks in the sidewalks or along the fields near by.
    Now, our children will never experience what I experienced as a child.
    Monsanto corrupted OUR Wheat by gmo and OWNS and Controls practically 100% of OUR wheat in America and plans to control the rest in the world unless WE STOP IT!

  • Voltaire the intellect.

    If what Monsanto does is so benign, safe and such a benefit why do they spend millions of dollars to defeat laws requiring labeling that simply says foods contains GMO? Why are bees vanishing from the face of the Planet with a real threat of disrupting the entire reproductive cycle of hundreds of necessary plants that sustain life? It’s pesticides like the ones Monsanto claim are a benefit. Oh yes, they are a benefit all right, but only to the profits of Monsanto.

    • Fedos

      It’s sad to see such a username being used by someone of such low intellect.

      • TheTruth

        Pot calling the kettle!

      • Lokeana

        project much?

    • Lokeana

      thank you

    • Erik

      Honeybees really are the canaries in the coal mine of agiculture…they are dropping dead everywhere but these money-hungry business don’t give a rip. Probably because they can afford the ‘best healthcare in the world’.

    • First Officer

      Because it’s common knowledge that anti-gmoers wish to use such labeling as Yellow Stars, a tag for termination of all GMO’s.

  • Fedos

    What I’m getting from this is that people wouldn’t have signed the petition if Dr Sheehan hadn’t lied to them.

    • Voltaire the intellect.

      All we’re getting from your comments is that you are a clueless moron. Two thousand studies? How many were funded by Monsanto with the same conflict of interest that former Monsanto lawyer Clarence Thomas has every time he votes in their favor on the Supreme Court? How many studies documenting the dangers of just about everything Monsanto does were suppressed and discredited by Monsanto and their lackeys in the Monsanto run and bought and paid for FDA? Shove your ‘studies’. They are as good as the ones Big Pharma trots out with each time they come out with a new ‘safe’ drug and then after enough people die, they end up withdrawing their products. What did the ‘safe’ studies show then Mr Mental Midget?

      • CycloneFarms

        You’ve got a lot of mouth and no facts.

        There’s plenty of independent research from U.S. universities and plenty of independent research done by the EU.

        • Voltaire the intellect.

          How could you or any other ignoramus here like your friend Frodo or ANY study conclude that GMOs are safe, if for the simple fact that not enough time has passed to validate ANY conclusions. There is a reason that 64 countries have required labeling of GMOs in foods and the USA has not. There is a reason that many countries have banned them outright. If you guys want to rely on self-serving or even independent studies that can’t possibly know the long term effects, feel free. Others who equate being informed about what crosses our lips to be important should have the option of knowing. So, I’ll say it again, if GMOs are so safe, why is Monsanto spending millions to prevent them being listed on food labeling? You guys keep ignoring that question. I’ll tell you why. It’s the same reason BIG AG pushes for laws to prevent people from even taking photos of factory farms and slaughter houses. If you REALLY new, you would NEVER choose their garbage being processed to be palatable and passed off as food.

          • Fedos

            “How could you or any other ignoramus like your friend Frodo on here or ANY study conclude that GMOs are safe,”

            Because unlike you, we’re not credulous morons with a complete lack of critical thinking skills.

            “There is a reason that 64 countries have required labeling of GMOs in foods and the USA has not.”

            That reason has nothing to do with science and everything to do with highly-vocal idiots.

          • Voltaire the intellect.

            Idiots like you that don’t want the consumer to be able to choose for themselves? Still waiting to here why Monsanto doesn’t want GMO foods labeled. Frodo, I’m happy that you feel GMOs are safe and wish you would just mainline them and grow all the tumors after a few decades and live happily ever after on your ‘safe’ meds. I really do. Think of the prime parking places you will get with your handicapped placard as you waddle with your walker into the doctor’s office. Meanwhile, those of us who understand that our health is our most cherished asset and who unlike you ARE actually conscious on the planet, can make our lifestyle choices based on being informed and choose healthy, positive and beneficial foods.

          • CycloneFarms

            You’re just flailing to support your indefensible position.

            It makes me laugh.

          • Voltaire the intellect.

            It’s indefensible or funny to want to know what you’re putting in your body? There is no fixing stupid.

          • First Officer

            What studies showed cigarettes were safe? Smoking was around long before there was modern science to even study it. More countries ban homosexuality than require GMO labeling. Mere counts on an issue is Brooklyn Bridge logic. Just because they are jumping doesn’t mean we must.

          • Erik

            The British Medical Journal now has a policy to not publish ANY studies funded, in part or wholly, by the tobacco industry. Gee, I wonder why? Do a little research on that, and then you’ll see why no on trusts these studies funded by Monsanto.

      • Fedos

        There’s that conspiracy nut “logic” I expected to see. “We demand to see studies showing that GMOs are safe! Any study that shows that GMOs are safe will be discounted as propaganda!” Meanwhile, the few studies you have that claim even a tentative link between GMOs and health risks have been shown to have major flaws. You’re a total moron.

        You’re also too stupid to realize that every food humans have eaten for the 12,000 years that agriculture has existed are genetically modified. The difference between them and GMOs is that up before direct modification of organisms’ genes, it was trial an error. And, unlike GMOs, new organisms produced through artificial selection do not go through safety studies. So GMOs are actually a safer bet than traditionally developed organisms.

        • Voltaire the intellect.

          Same to you Frodo. Don’t believe everything you think.

  • tiff

    If you don’t know what a troll or a shill is, look it up. There are a few on here, lol

    • hyperzombie

      Yeah, i agree. So many ill informed Organic industry shills here. Embarrassing

      • TSL

        Please go away and worry about your own country!

        • First Officer

          Jingo Bells,Jingo Bells,Jingo all the way !

  • Shredder

    There is a basic formula to the shills’ approach. First, they rig the research field so that there is no funding of long-term independent tests that might shed a negative light on GMOs. Then, they point to their 2,000 “studies” and claim that all these studies prove GMOs are safe. Well, actually they do no such thing. Many of these studies are not even about the safety of GMOs but rather are about the yield potential or some other property. And of course the vast majority are industry-funded or -conducted studies. They plant their representatives in the administrative bodies like USDA and FDA to make their claims of “substantial equivalence.” When you point to a new study that raises safety concerns (of which there has been a significant spike in recent years, by the way) they either mock the study’s authors or mock the journal that published it. They make the absurd claim that genetic engineering like this has been going on for millenia, while any 6th grader can see that *transgenic* engineering is impossible in nature. And of course there is the obligatory ad hominem thrown in for good measure – “stupid,” “moron,” etc. So I think anyone who makes some kind of claim about some supposed “consensus” or the “vast body of scientific evidence” or some such nonsense is inherently unreliable as an authority on anything. Such rhetoric reveals a pro-industry bias. The only evidence you need to make an informed decision is the clear and substantial evidence that people and the environment are being poisoned.

    What people need to understand also is that this is a legal strategy to avoid liability. As soon as safety concerns are admitted to, and as soon as full labeling with chain of custody provable to the source is established, then proof of causation as to harm is just around the corner. This they will fight at all costs.

    Stop the poisoning, period. One way or another. Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes today’s debate among reasonable, objective people. I will not waste any time arguing with shills, and neither should anyone else. Out.

    • hyperzombie

      Your tinfoil hat is short circuiting your brain again.

      • Lokeana

        Your comment brings nothing meaningful to the discussion, except that it seems you have no valid information to challenge the statement, thus you try to use sarcasm as a tool that’s really not working in your favor.

        • hyperzombie

          I have given Shredder tons of links to long term and multi generational GMO studies, along with independent reports, Government reports and Scientific association reports. He ignores them all.

          And look at what he writes.

          What people need to understand also is that this is a legal strategy to avoid liability. As soon as safety concerns are admitted to, and as soon as full labeling with chain of custody provable to the source is established, then proof of causation as to harm is just around the corner. This they will fight at all costs.

          Many countries label GMOs and there are no health issues and no lawsuits. Shredder is just a nut case.

        • Brian Mcc

          Those of us that are rational have already given up on you folks.
          The ignorance is just amazing. I would love to see study of GMO protesters.
          I bet the average IQ of these folks is way, way below the average.
          Its like trying to talk to a 5 year old. Facts don’t matter. You just make up your own. There is no discussion. You have created this fantasy world for your minds to play in. Have fun, GMO industry continues to grow and prosper. Your ineffectual and haven’t done anything to even slow down the industry. clap. clap. clap.

    • TheTruth

      Everybody gets it. Just the industry shills who still feel the need to perpetuate the lies. Very 1984, 2+2=5 of them.

      • Lokeana

        Gonna have to agree with you just based on the post they made so far.

  • NO GMO

    “Mommy my eyes and throat are burning again” MONSANTO please stop spraying our island with your deadly chemicals

    • Brian Mcc

      Fell out of my chair laughing.

    • guest

      Funny how the comment of spraying chemicals keeps coming up when most of the signs stating “anti GMO” are being spray painted. Hhmmmm….talk about direct contact.

  • NO GMO

    GMO=CANCER

    • hyperzombie

      Untrue

      • TSL

        The results are in!Yes you have been hit in the head with the puck way to many times!Ea.

      • TheTruth

        Show the scientific studies disproving then.

  • maui music

    In case there was any question why we want this agricorp to stop there practice and to get off our island.

    • Dan Boersma

      If you actually believe this I feel sorry for you and your complete lack of critical thinking skills.

    • First Officer

      Oh, is that why the population continues to grow?

      • TSL

        What the —- do they pay you by the post?

        • First Officer

          SAS, Shill Accusation Syndrome, strikes yet again !

  • Chemical Research

    Monsanto is doing Chemical Research on Maui- not just seed development. The chemical list given to mayor Arakawa only list banned controlled chemicals they spray, not the experimental chemicals they are working with to develop along with the DNA altered seed. Trust Monsanto? Google Anniston Alabama Monsanto…

  • CycloneFarms

    Like I said, no commercially-available GM wheat.

    • TSL

      There not going to tell you your just a hired hand to shake up the $–t!

  • First Officer

    And spacetime rips! It explains why those effects can’t be causally link to glyphosate.

  • Erik

    Care to share your AMA login?

  • Lokeana

    As opposed to your PhD in what? I really want to thank you, as my friends who are on the fence read these post with me, you and your GMO friends actually made them change their views to support the END to bio-ag Corporation’s using Hawaii as their testing grounds. Thank you soooooo much! You are awesome! Not being sarcastic, you really gave them reason to question Monsanto and other bio-ag’s claims.

    • First Officer

      Yes you are being sarcastic. That’s OK i can take it. I, myself, never claimed to have a PhD and my question still stands. What is Mark Sheehan’s PhD in ?

  • First Officer
  • First Officer

    Raw poundage, yes, actually toxicity, BIG decrease. Why do you care about weeds getting resistant to a herbicide you don’t want to use in the first place?

  • hyperzombie

    first of all there is no such thing as Super weeds and second Herbicide use has gone up on a per pound basis but way down on toxicity over al.

  • Brian Mcc

    More made up stuff. lol

  • sam

    Apparently is does kill stomach flora, and is being identified as a causal factor for the huge increase of leaky gut disease.

    • hyperzombie

      Almost every food kills and changes gut flora, they adapt to what you eat. Coffee kills tons of gut flora, does that cause leaky gut?

      • sam

        No, only poisons like Round Up does.

        • hyperzombie

          Caffeine is far more poisonous than Round up.

          • sam

            Great, Go drink yourself some Round Up. You can be the chemical test subject, not the rest of us on Maui who never, ever signed an informed consent form.

          • hyperzombie

            you drink a cup or pure caffeine


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