Hundreds of Monsanto employees on Maui and Molokai rallied on the morning of Wednesday, April 2, to demonstrate their support for Monsanto and Hawai'i agriculture, and to deliver copies of several hundred studies and safety reviews--more than 1,000 pages in all--on genetically engineered (GE) crops to Mayor Alan Arakawa.
Holding signs that said "Support Maui Ag," "Save Farmers" and "Protect Ag Jobs," more than 200 employees packed the lawn fronting the Kalana O Maui building. Another 140 assembled on Molokai to express their support for the science and safety behind GE crops.
Monsanto employees delivered the scientific studies as part of the company's commitment to information sharing and providing educational opportunities to the County of Maui per the Memorandum of Understanding between Monsanto Hawaii and the County of Maui.
More than 200 employees packed the lawn fronting the Kalana O Maui Building to demonstrate their support for Monsanto and Hawai‘i agriculture and to deliver over 1,000 pages of scientific studies and safety reviews on genetically engineered crops to Mayor Alan Arakawa’s office.
The reports included: references to over 1,780 peer-reviewed studies compiled by Italian scientists that attest to the safety of GM crops; copies of papers by multiple independent health and environmental agencies worldwide that have scrutinized GM crops; a report by the National Research Council concluding that U.S. farmers are realizing substantial economic and environmental benefits lower production costs, less pesticides, higher yields.
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