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GMOs not safe

November 21, 2013
Charlotte McLaughlin - Kihei , Maui Weekly

Genetically modified organism (GMO) crops are not as safe for cultivating and consumption as Monsanto would have us believe, as they continue to do open-field testing in South Maui.

For instance, GMO corn crops are designed for dousing by the herbicide Roundup.

Dr. Charles Benbrook, pesticide policy expert and former executive director of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture, found that GMO crops increased pesticide use in the U.S. by 318.4 million pounds in their first 13 years in the marketplace. In the past five years, they nearly doubled the herbicide use per acre over their first five years.

The trend is worsening.

MIT Research Scientist Stephanie Seneff authored a peer-reviewed study published April, 2013, which linked Roundup residue in our food to Parkinson's, infertility and cancers. It states, "negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems "

Professor Hector Valenzuela, vegetable crops specialist for the University of Hawai'i, observed, "As far as I know, not one refereed study has been conducted in Hawai'i to evaluate the health or environmental impact of the genetically modified crops grown in the state."

Yet at least nine schools are close to open-air GMO testing.

Hawai'i hosts the most experimental biotech trials in the U.S. and Monsanto's GMO corn seed is Maui's No. 1 agricultural export. Roundup is also sprayed on our roadsides.

Charlotte McLaughlin




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