The Maui News - On Monday, Sept. 17, approximately 100 Occupy Wall Street Maui and anti-GMO activists congregated mauka-side of the Mokulele and Pi'ilani highways intersection in Kihei to mark the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement and to show solidarity with the "Occupy Monsanto Global Protests" worldwide, according to an announcement. The event was hosted by Occupy Wall Street Maui and GMO (genetically modified organisms) Free Maui. Occupy Monsanto rallies also were held on Molokai, Kaua'i, O'ahu and Hawai'i Island, said organizers.
The group said its aim was to "bring awareness to the growing concern of unlabeled GMOs in our food supply."
In response, Monsanto Co. Hawai'i Community Affairs Manager Alan Takemoto said, "Monsanto has been recognized here in Hawai'i and elsewhere for our high standards of quality, robust safety programs and strong commitment to environmental stewardship. We're dedicated to improving modern agriculture through advanced technologies and committed to offering the best products that farmers depend on to increase their production and yields."
Approximately 100 Occupy Wall Street Maui and anti-GMO activists congregated mauka-side of the Mokulele and Pi‘ilani highways intersection in Kihei last week to mark the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement and to show solidarity with the “Occupy Monsanto Global Protests” worldwide.
Photo: Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez
Takemoto said the company's goal is to use "cutting-edge research to help find solutions to some of the planet's most pressing problems, such as global food security."
In Hawai'i, Monsanto employs about 1,000 people.
On last Friday's Maui County Council meeting agenda, Council Member Elle Cochran proposed a resolution to include in Maui County's legislative package a bill for the state Legislature that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food products. There's also a proposed bill to label GMO products as part of the Hawai'i State Association of Counties' legislative package of bills.