Maui will join tens of thousands of activists worldwide to "March Against Monsanto" on Saturday, May 25, according to a press release from March Against Monsanto Maui organizers. All Maui residents and visitors are invited to participate.
Maui's March Against Monsanto will include numerous organizations and community members who are concerned about the health risks they associate with GMOs.
The Maui march will begin at 11 a.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku and end at the Hawaiian Canoe Club Hale at Hoaloha Park in Kahului. March participants are encouraged to bring signs, drums--and their enthusiasm.
(Left to right) Renee, Reynelle, Ryan and Reychelle Lapuebla marched against Monsanto during the March in March event, where they were joined by approximately 2,000 Maui residents.
Photo: Judy Michelle
Maui marchers are also invited to participate in sign-making sessions being held at three locations on Thursday, May 23: Baldwin Beach in Pa'ia from 3 p.m. to sunset, Kama'ole III Beach Park in Kihei from 4 p.m. to sunset and at The Art House (1057 Front Street) in Lahaina from 4 p.m. to sunset. Bring your own sign-making supplies.
Simultaneous marches are happening across six continents in 36 countries, with over 250 cities participating. In the U.S., 47 states will join in solidarity with the worldwide movement to help raise awareness about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Local marches are planned on O'ahu, Maui, Hawai'i Island and Kaua'i.
"Besides spreading awareness of the harmful effects of GMOs, people are marching worldwide to protect the food supply, support local farmers, promote organic solutions, expose cronyism between big business and the government, and to bring accountability to those responsible for the corruption," said Maui resident Mary Traynor, a March Against Monsanto Maui spokesperson. "With 80 to 90 percent of processed food containing GMO's, over 50 countries have mandatory GMO labeling in place, or have banned GMOs altogether."
In Hawai'i, Kamehameha Schools leases over 1,000 acres of land to Monsanto on O'ahu, which has been a controversial topic among residents.
"On Maui, Monsanto has approximately 870 acres in corn crop production, and holds permits to dig six wells into the Pa'ia aquifer," said Traynor.
"They are the largest employer on Molokai," Traynor continued. "Toxic red dust storms from biotech fields on Molokai and West Kaua'i are linked to making people extremely sick--especially children. On Kaua'i, communities living near biotech fields in Waimea have a particularly high cancer rate."
The statewide "March in March" to raise awareness on GMOs attracted approximately 7,000 participants, with about 2,000 people marching on Maui.
Hawai'i organizers of the May 25 March Against Monsanto are anticipating another large turnout.
For more information and updates on the Maui march, visit March Against Monsanto Maui on Facebook.