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The Shaka Movement has organized the folks in Maui County to gather 10,000 signatures for a County initiative to ban GMOs in Maui County until an environmental study can prove their safety.  

In response, the GMO-Chemical corporations have created a plethora of astroturf organizations to promulgate their talking points.  These GMO industry and front groups include (but are not limited to)

  • Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United (a sneaky name since it confuses people with the Hawaii Farmers Union United which is a real farmer's organization)
  • Hawaii Crop Improvement Association
  • Farmers 4 Choice

And, of course, we have The Genetic Literacy Project and other national GMO-Chemical companies descending on our state.

According to lead organizer, Mark Sheehan, the 45 day window for the County of Maui Clerk to verify signatures is up this week.  During the review, petitioners have continued to gather signatures and hope to have another 4,000 ready if the County invalidates too many.

To go on the ballot the petition must have 20% of the number of voters in the last election - that's 8,500 registered voters.

We should have word next week on whether enough signatures have been certified.

Meanwhile Na Maka o ka `Aina (The Eyes of the Land) which has for many years made films about Hawaiian culture, has made the following video for Earth Justice.


Originally posted to Karen from Maui on Mon May 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM PDT.

Also republished by Community Rights Movement.

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  •  Crossing my fingers and eyes for you guys! (7+ / 0-)

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Tue May 20, 2014 at 12:23:18 AM PDT

  •  I have my fists clenched; (7+ / 0-)

    Me no likey Monsanto. Keep a good thought...SSK

    "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards UID 194838

    by Santa Susanna Kid on Tue May 20, 2014 at 01:37:06 AM PDT

  •  Can anyone point me to (3+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy, Utahrd, Justanothernyer

    a peer reviewed study showing that GMOs cause problems?

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Tue May 20, 2014 at 05:44:44 AM PDT

    •  No, but this diary is ample evidence of that! (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Can anybody point to such a study saying that (3+ / 0-)

      no present or future GMO can possibly cause any problem for any organism?

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Tue May 20, 2014 at 07:23:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  What if the President & the Senate were Democratic (2+ / 0-)
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        enhydra lutris, Karen from Maui

        An actual Democratic president and senate might fund the FTC to regulate Monsanto and the FDA to investigate GMO.

        Instead of spending our money to have a brigade of Neckbeards to read our text messages and to pass out more corporate welfare to banks.

        "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

        by Utahrd on Tue May 20, 2014 at 08:52:28 AM PDT

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    •  Precautionary Principal (1+ / 0-)
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      occupystephanie

      It is up to YOU to prove to me that this technology is safe to use in our food.  However, since the Monsanto guys snuck in approval by SKIPPING safety tests and won't allow anyone else to use their patented seeds for tests...

      But that is not the reason that Maui is banning them.

      If you read this article instead of just getting your email alert that the "GMO" had been used as a keyword and flocked over here without even looking at the video, you would have seen that the main concerns are:

      1. We're being EXPERIMENTED on with NEW GMOs

      2. These are chemical companies and they are making our people sick with their EXPERIMENTAL (and not experimental) pesticides.

      •  Email alert? Really? (0+ / 0-)

        You know you look like an idiot when you accuse anyone who disagrees, or is on the fence (me), of being in on some sort of conspiracy to shout down your oh-so-just cause?  

        You folks may indeed have a case, but you do yourselves no favors when you act like this, or like Russgirl, accusing people of being paid shills.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:33:08 PM PDT

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    •  The problem is: We don't know enough. We don't (2+ / 0-)
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      know how the modifications integrate into the genome and what systems they may or may not affect. Because plant modifications are not as finely targeted as the gene splicing in other organisms is, the modifications happen randomly within the genetic material and we can't tell what instructions may have been impaired or changed in plants.

      We know were in the genome to cut and splice to make E. coli piss insulin, but plant modifications are done, literally, with something called a 'gene gun' that physically blasts the new DNA into the existing DNA where ever it happens to land (unless that changed since I graduated).

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
      ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

      by FarWestGirl on Tue May 20, 2014 at 03:14:42 PM PDT

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  •  Congratulations to the 10,000 Maui residents (2+ / 0-)
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    Karen from Maui, FarWestGirl

    who have signed this petition to put the matter before the people for a vote. Democracy is alive and well on the local level!

    This kind of action on the part of citizens to claim their inherent rights of self-governance to protect their own health, safety and wellbeing is hard fought against the special rights that corporations have accrued over the past century to where the people do not have the simple right to say no.

    Anyone who criticizes this effort is anti-democratic, anti-constitutional and has no business denying other citizen's rights to use the initiative and referendum process to decide what is right for their communities.

    Let the people decide.

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Tue May 20, 2014 at 07:50:41 AM PDT

  •  GMO papayas are good but other GMO isn't (2+ / 0-)
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    Justanothernyer, Roadbed Guy

    All GMO is equal, but some GMO is more equal than others.

    The majority of papayas in Hawaii are grown from genetically modified seeds that are resistant to a ring spot virus that wiped out Hawaii's papayas in the 1950s. The genetically modified version is credited with saving Hawaii's $11 million papaya industry.

    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Tue May 20, 2014 at 08:39:51 AM PDT

    •  There is great anger at GMO papayas (1+ / 0-)
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      Since they've done more harm to our papaya industry than the virus they're supposed to prevent.

      Now our main markets (Japan, etc) won't take ANY of our papayas because even the supposedly nonGMO papayas have been contaminated with GMO DNA.

      So the relations of the people who are making money off the patent (Jonie Rose etc) are talking up a storm about how GMOs "saved" papayas when in reality they destroyed things for all of us and now we get lowest prices because we can't grow organic, nonGMO payapas any more (due to contamination)

      •  I usually eat Mexican papayas (2+ / 0-)
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        They are cheaper.

        But the Polynesian community near where I live likes Hawaiian papayas.

        Boy, that sure is a pain.  Every day when I go outside, I have to step over the dead bodies of people who died from eating GMO papayas.

        Lots of people who grow and ship GMO papayas should be dead, too, right?  Hawaii should have the same life expectancy as Darfur.

        "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

        by Utahrd on Tue May 20, 2014 at 11:21:00 AM PDT

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        •  You still don't get it. (1+ / 0-)
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          Karen from Maui

          From Karen above:

          If you read this article instead of just getting your email alert that the "GMO" had been used as a keyword and flocked over here without even looking at the video, you would have seen that the main concerns are:

          1. We're being EXPERIMENTED on with NEW GMOs

          2. These are chemical companies and they are making our people sick with their EXPERIMENTAL (and not experimental) pesticides.

          These GMO crops were invented to use lots and lots of pesticides which Monsanto et al also sell. There are many more reasons to hate GMOs than safety. And frankly, without any controlled human studies, safety cannot be proven.

          You go ahead and trust the mega corporations who are into selling their products. I prefer to be skeptical.

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Tue May 20, 2014 at 03:13:05 PM PDT

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  •  It is impossible to prove the safety (1+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy

    of anything.  By this logic we should ban alcohol, cars, papayas, pineapples, airplanes, traveling to places with volcanos....

    •  Look at the Video (1+ / 0-)
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      occupystephanie

      You are coming here with your GMO talking points because you say "GMO" as a keyword but you are not understanding why Maui County wants to ban GMO production.

      These are high-pesticide using experimental operations making our kids sick and our babies being born with deformities.

      •  If there is evidence against the pesticides (0+ / 0-)

        existing laws would allow proceeding both via regulation and lawsuit.  

        •  Existing laws were written to favor the (1+ / 0-)
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          Karen from Maui

          agrochemical corporations. Permitting process allows people to have input but denies them the right to say no.

          One community which thought they successfully fought factory farming which wanted to put 10,000 pigs in one building found that all their work resulted in 2,000 pigs in five buildings.

          People have the right to use the initiative process to vote on matters they consider important to their communities. You appear to be saying that people do not have these rights.

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Tue May 20, 2014 at 03:16:06 PM PDT

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          •  I am saying that those who oppose GMOs (1+ / 0-)
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            occupystephanie

            are illogical and doing so without any basis in fact.

            •  I realize that. (1+ / 0-)
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              Karen from Maui

              However, you are also saying that people in another state do not have the right to the initiative process to put a matter to a vote of the people.

              You and I do not live there. Monsanto is "trying out" a lot of experimental pesticides and plants near schools and neighborhoods. 10,000 people is a lot of people. They believe it is important enough to their community to require a vote.

              They are only asking for a moratorium and requesting an environmental assessment. That is a legal process.

              Are you saying that the Maui citizens have no right to pursue an initiative to vote upon?

              We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

              by occupystephanie on Tue May 20, 2014 at 08:00:01 PM PDT

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        •  Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha (0+ / 0-)
          If there is evidence against the pesticides  existing laws would allow proceeding both via regulation and lawsuit.  
          And I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell YOU!

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