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and local action events on Kaua’i such as marchs, rallies, movie showings and voters guides.
Here are another few pieces of powerful GMO-Free information pieces.
First, at the national level, we have a new national GMO labeling bill being introduced!
Thank you Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Peter DeFazio.
Our friends at the Center for Food Safety are sponsoring a support web action petition.
Please sign and pass around...
Another great link we have to share is a great video of Dr Vandana Shiva talking on PBS Hawai'i on the Long Story Short program.Finally a fun GMO-Free video cartoon! Its GMO a Go Go ! Good video !
Okay, that's all for now, and keep Saturday, May 25th in mind for our next great event.
ALL of our efforts our WORKING! GET YOUR TESTIMONY READY!
"GOOD BIG NEWS TODAY...THERE WILL BE A SENATE HEARING ON HB 174 THIS THURS MORN. 3/21/13 !!!NOT MUCH TIME TO SPREAD THE NEWS TO GET THE TROOPS OUT. THIS IS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR VOICES TO BE HEARD, WE NEED A LOUD CLEAR VOICE.SHARE AND SPREAD THE WORD, TIME FOR PEOPLE" Walter Ritte
Online testimony at:
capitol.hawaii.gov, enter HB 174 and click submit testimony and support!
Thanking you for holding the optimism !!
Kaua`i gardeners may feel a little more lucky–and a lot more diversified–if they choose to venture out for the 11th Biannual Seed and Plant Exchange on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 17th, 2013. Regenerations Botanical Garden and its partners will host this popular event from noon until 5pm at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville.
Headlining the event is Forest Shomer, owner and operator of Inside Passage, a Washington-based seed company that specializes in native plants of the Pacific Northwest. 2013 marks his 40th anniversary as a full-time seedsman. He brings a wealth of seed production expertise to Kaua`i by serving on Regenerations’ board of directors. His presentation is entitled Shoulders of Our Ancestors. “Seed-saving is an ongoing activity of the present, resting on the solid foundational work of all our agricultural forebears”, said Shomer. He believes that Hawai`i is “ripe for the emergence of an organic seed industry”, an industry he helped to shape as founder and director of Abundant Life Seed Foundation from 1974 to 1992.
Regenerations is excited to join forces with `Ohana o Kaua`i, who will offer an all Kaua`i lu`au at the seed exchange, a service they regularly perform at special events on the north shore. “Food like chayote, tapioca, kalo, chaya and `ulu are some of the plants that often show up at the seed exchange, but are new to many people’s taste buds. `Ohana o Kaua`i’s gift of aloha grinds is the perfect way to share the abundance and diversity of what we can grow and eat here on the Garden Island”, said Jill Richardson, event co-founder and organizer.
The event will showcase dozens of tables of seeds, cuttings, and potted plants that community participants bring to share. Felicia Cowden of Regenerations said “this is a generosity party celebrating the potential of our homegrown food and plants. It’s important for our leaders to see the strength of our combined citizenry, people who want food independence and resilience, individual sovereignty and home rule.”
Early check-in of plant material begins at 12 noon. Those bringing seeds and plants are requested to bring only GMO-free, pest-free, non-invasive material. They will fill out a label that identifies the type of plant, favorable conditions, and location grown.All seeds and plants will be given freely or traded.
The exchange will take place after the 2pm blessing. The speaker will begin at approximately 3 pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend; even if you have no plants or seeds to give away, there will be plenty to receive and share.
The event is a joint production of Regenerations Botanical Garden, Kauai Community Seed Bank, GMO-Free Kaua`i, Akamai Backyard, Heaven on Earth Starts, Kaua`i Beekeepers Association and `Ohana o Kaua`i.
To find out more visit ribg.org or call 652-4118.
It’s not about eating the corn
Not for me anyway. The decision to eat or not eat the corn is only a small reason I support the labeling of genetically modified foods and hold deep reservations about the industry as a whole.
People on my island are getting sick. Many believe their sickness is being caused by the secondary and cumulative impacts connected to the growing of genetically modified organisms.
Yet when I’ve asked these companies directly and officially in writing to disclose what chemicals and in what quantities they are spraying, the industrial agrochemical GMO companies on Kauai have refused to do so.
For me, that alone is enough to keep me from buying their products or supporting their industry, and to support full labeling requirements.
63 countries around the world including all of Europe, Russia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand require mandatory labeling of GMO products. Some countries have banned these products completely.
Many questions exist and many doubts persist. There are valid health concerns ranging from allergen sensitivities to hormonal disruption to cancer, related to the GMO’s and to the pesticide spraying that accompanies them.
There are concerns about the globalization and corporate ownership of the worlds food supply. There are ethical and moral questions pertaining to the concept of corporations owning patents on living organisms both plant and animal, and to the increased diminishment of bio-diversity. All valid reasons consumers may not want to buy these products and thus the need to require labeling.
For me, it’s personal.
Kauai is ground zero in the GMO industry. These industrial agrochemical operations dominate the landscape of Kauai’s west side and are now moving into the southern and eastern land as well. The fields of mostly genetically modified corn not intended for human consumption grow on approximately 12,000 acres of prime farmland stretching from the base of the mountains down to within just feet of the pristine ocean waters.
These crops are subject to spraying with toxic pesticides up to 6 days a week.
Over 200 residents of WaimeaValley have filed suit claiming negative impacts from pesticide laden dust blowing into their homes and onto their bodies. Biologists estimate over 50,000 sea urchins died last year in near shore west-side waters.
People in all parts of Kauai County are growing increasingly concerned about the impacts that result from these companies spraying their fields with toxic and experimental chemicals that then flow into streams and near shore waters and cling to the dust which blows daily into neighborhoods and schools.
Yet these agrochemical companies, who are required by law to keep records of their pesticide use, tell me blithely to go elsewhere for the data.
About half the land used for GMO production on Kauai are public lands upon which zero property tax is paid. But they refuse to disclose to the public what they are growing or what they are spraying on these public lands. These large transnational corporations transfer their end products to related subsidiaries, benefit from Enterprise Zone and other GET exemptions and consequently pay zero GET tax on the products they produce.
State law and terms of the public lands lease/license require compliance with Hawaii’s environmental review law Chapter 343HRS, yet no documentation demonstrating compliance exists; no exemption declaration, no environmental assessment and no environmental impact statement.
Growing genetically modified organisms, using experimental pesticides and spraying a wide array of restricted and non restricted pesticides on a mass scale have impacts on our island, our health and our environment. There are direct impacts, secondary impacts and cumulative impacts but we don’t know what those impacts are because they have never been properly evaluated – and the companies in question won’t even give us the information needed to make a proper evaluation.
So yes, I support labeling. Absolutely.
Labeling, mandatory disclosure and a permitting process that requires a comprehensive review of the significant environmental and health impacts to our island and our community caused by this industry – I support them all, because as you can see this is about much more than just eating the corn.
Member Kauai County Council – Former Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control for State of Hawaii – Former Hawaii State Senator and Majority Leader