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GMO Moratorium Movement Must be Taken Seriously

Safety issues will be addressed with the passing of this initiative.

March 20, 2014
LS Knight - Wailuku , Maui Weekly

I would like to ask why your writer seems inclined to characterize this event, the Feb. 24 launch of a citizens' initiative, with references to the type of clothes, length of hugs and twirling batons as descriptors; it was attended by a diverse group of people that represented the Maui community.

Instead of focusing on the 500-person event that mobilized the island to educate themselves, to participate and to activate regarding the historic significance that this moratorium would be for Maui, she instead trivialized the importance of this movement.

She seemed surprised so many people showed up. She didn't put this in the context that this is an outgrowth of many years of protest; specifically, the March Against Monsanto last year with over 2,000 people in the streets. Nor did she link this to the worldwide movement that is confronting these biochem companies.

The fact that we have a scientist, Dr. Don Huber, described condescendingly as "the darling of the anti-GMO movement" and "American Gothic," is insulting and minimizes his message, which was vital information that synthesized the research findings on glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine), the principle ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup. It was extensive. This man has earned his credibility. She missed all the science. Does she not understand it?

Dr. Lorin Pang, one of the five citizens to bring this initiative, had a major concern about how many chemical interactions were possible due to these "chemical cocktails" used by Monsanto here on Maui. I would have liked to see her debunk the popular misinformation held by many that these chemicals are like what the sugar and pineapple companies use(d); they are exponentially much more dangerous and they are used for experimental seed crops.

The safety issues, with so many unanswered questions due to these unknown interactions, are what needs to be addressed and will be with the passing of this moratorium.

This writer missed the importance of the movement that is growing locally and globally.

Together, we are growing a new landscape, where small farms are supported over agribusiness, the ahupua'a systems are reclaimed and restored, and food is grown to feed the people here on the islands, so we are no longer importing 85 percent of it.

That is the message of this movement, not what clothes are worn or who is discrediting them.

Mahalo for printing the article on this initiative. I hope you will follow up with the progress we are making as we gather signatures; it is inspiring to see democracy in action!



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