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Threat of Job Loss is a Diversion Tactic in the GMO Debate

August 11, 2014
Autumn Ness - Via email , Maui Weekly

The jobs argument is one that every large corporation or industry falls back on when they are threatened by increased regulation. Tobacco used it. Big oil uses it. The Japanese nuclear energy industry used it, even after the Fukushima meltdown.

Would job creation be a strong enough argument to convince you to support the development of a nuclear power plant, or a huge oil pipeline right across Maui, knowing that an accident could be devastating? Even if you would approve of such measures, I imagine that you would, at the very least, want to see a health and environmental impact study before any plans are made. That's what the GMO moratorium is calling for.

Realistically, I don't believe it's economically beneficial for Microgen, Dow, Syngenta or Monsanto to shut their doors if GMO moratorium is passed. All of these companies have large varieties of non-GMO crops, including corn and soybeans, which they could switch to during the moratorium, employing the same infrastructure and employees as they do now. If their practices are as safe as they say they are, they should be able to pass the health and environmental impact studies with flying colors, and go right back to growing GMO crops.

In Japan, I watched a corrupt nuclear power industry use their workers as pawns in a game to avoid regulation, and it pains me to see this happening here, too. With all due respect, Maui, Molokai and Hawai'i as a whole are bigger and better than this. So much more is possible if we make decisions based on respect for land and people, and not just hold on to jobs for lack of anything better, but use this as an opportunity to better the quality of our jobs and communities.

Autumn Ness

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