BREAKING NEWS: HAWAII POLICE SWAT TEAMS RAID KAPOHO PAPAYA FARMS. WITH MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS DRAWN AND ARMORED VEHICLES CRASHING DOWN FARMS GATES. POLICE FORCE FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND FORCE THEM TO LAY FACEDOWN ON THE GROUND WHILE GUNS ARE POINTED AT THE HEADS OF THE FARMERS CHILDREN.
If this sounds like some nightmarish Hollywood movie, it’s not! This scene has played out many times before on farms on the Mainland USA! It is exactly what will happen now that Hawai’i Council has gotten its way to criminalized farming on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
BIG ISLAND CHRONICLE – GMO prohibition Bill 113 passed out of the Public Safety and Mass Transit Committee on Oct. 1, with a vote of 6 – 2 and a positive recommendation to the Hawaii County Council.
Centuries of agriculture triumphs are now boiled down into a false claim that farmers are poisoning the food supply we rely on to feed ourselves. GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) have increasingly come under attack by activists convinced that there’s something wrong with the technology. The fear factor has grown to the point where all logic and reason is abandoned. Evidence that proves the safety of GMO foods is summarily dismissed. Accusations of being a corporate insider stooge working for some Argo corporation gets throw around like the race card does during Presidential elections. A few years ago the oil industry was accused of destroying the planet with oil; now it’s agriculture turn.
Hawai’i council has held a number of hearings on GMO products bringing in subject matter experts, However, it was apparent that some members of Hawai’i council had already made up their minds, irregardless of the experts testimony. Anti-GMO council members allowed testimony of experts with questionable credibility. Local farmers tried to work with the council, but in the end, the farmers lost and so do we the consumers. Farmers petitioned for help from their State Representatives, only to be ignored. Choice, was taken away and replaced with intolerance of farmers. Everyone loses in this fight, there are no winners. In the end, the activists have made the cost of living on Hawai’i Nei more expensive. The future looks uncertain and bleak.
It’s gotten to the point where misinformation is so prevalent in public discourse, that civility has lost all relevancy. Eco-terrorism and threats of violence by these activists are becoming all too commonplace.
Video: Recent Eco-Terrorism In Kapoho Hawai’i
Hawai’i councilperson Margret Willie, is the author of the bill 113 that passed and will eventually outlaw farming on the Big Island of Hawai’i. It’s interesting to note the thought processes of Ms. Willie. Reading her blog reveals who she is and what she believes in. It’s quite chilling when you learn that she considers humans are the real pests on this planet. Excerpt:
By overpopulating the earth we are destroying the viability of our habitat, not just for our own species but for most other species as well – save perhaps for cockroaches. Why are we not passing legislation to encourage birth control and provide incentives for birth control initiatives in developing countries in all nations.? Why do we give tax credits to parents with more children rather than expecting those with larger families to pay higher taxes? It is as if no one sees the inherent link between excess population and the climate change crisis.
Get that? People are the problem. We must consider people as cockroaches destroying the planet. This is a glimpse into the black heart of a intolerant activist. She’s got her little slice of paradise, and no one else deserves the same opportunity. This is the same thinking as former Hawai’i councilperson Pete Hoffmann, who is responsible for the plastic bag ban on Hawai’i Island a few years ago. These activists reason they are far superior and enlightened than you are and others; therefore they can dictate what you can eat, what you can drive, where you can live, and how you can build your house.
Why feed the world with the wonders of technology? Developing crops that are drought, disease and insect resistant will now be outlawed by the actions of the ignorant few on Hawai’i Council. It’s like killing the Golden Goose.
Facebook Activists Groups Proudly Displaying and Encouraging GMO Eco-Terrorism
Who doesn’t want their food to be safe? The water we drink and the air we breathe; we all want to be safe from toxins and poisons. There’s be a lot of talk about GMO’s and how safe, or dangerous, GMO products are. Anyone that has spent any time overseas living in different countries will know how different the quality of food is. In some countries, you take your life into your hands. There is no quality control to check for the safety of food, GMO or otherwise. Some countries have no refrigeration, clean water or food quality control. See China’s scandals for example.
What’s puzzling to me is how easily people believe in anything they are told. Remember Global Warming, or what’s now being called Climate change? It is a perfect example of how a terrible a hoax runs out of control. It doesn’t matter whether the science is either wrong, falsified, or just made up; people are being convinced that their food is toxic!
Hawai’i County Council and Kaua’i council are both proposing laws to ban all GMO testing, growing and GMO production. Additionally, the legislation includes banning pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, that farmers commonly use to protect their crops from damage. Those lawmakers proposing these laws claim that farming can be done using organic methods. Methods that are equally as toxic if not done correctly.
Of course, none of these lawmakers are farmers. They’ve never picked up a shovel, except at a ground breaking ceremony, and gotten their hands dirty working the soil. These people haven’t a clue how farming works. At best they may have planted a potted plant from the Home Depot store, but that’s the extent of their farming knowledge. Yet, they think they know what’s best for the people of these islands. C.S. Lewis called these activists ‘Moral Busybodies’. They really believe they are doing good by taking people’s freedoms away. It’s the tyranny of the socialist progressive mentality.
Public hearings are taking place to review the language of the laws. Civility all but broke down with the GMO activists shouting down the farmers. The hostility demonstrated by the anti-GMO activists grew to the point of violence. When the activists cannot prove their claims, they resort to name calling and violence. Eco-terrorism has the farming communities frightened that they may become the next targets of these vandals, just by suspecting GMO crops are on their farms. Living in terror by trying to make an honest living is not the Aloha spirit.
On the Big Island of Hawai’i, in the lower Puna district where I live, Papaya farmer’s crops were destroyed by eco-terrorists. Not once, but several times, and the criminal vandals have never been caught. Some council members have turned a blind eye towards the eco-terrorists calling their actions, ‘unfortunate‘. Basically, callously ignoring the economic impact to the community and to the farmers.
A lot of people will lose their jobs, their farms and their livelihood. The cost of food will increase because those lost local products will need to be shipped into the island. The very same GMO produce grown elsewhere, but banned here. More people will have to rely on government assistance. The cost of living, as high as it is, will get higher.
I believe it is a deliberate and concerted effort, by some members of Hawai’i council to get rid of certain “elements” from the Island. Those elements are the low income families, farmers and rural land owners that they don’t like. They are in the way of progress and development. Big business opportunities that some council members can economically enrich themselves with at the expense of local people. Look at the people in Congress that have profited from their office! The trickle down theory applies to corruption also.
GMO products are already strictly regulated by government agencies: FDA, USDA, EPA and the CDC, all monitor and routinely test GMO products for safety. The use of chemicals and science is closely scrutinized, more so than organic farming techniques are. Some organic methods can be very toxic, but very little is either known to the public about the risks of organic farming. You are more likely to contract hepatitis and rat lung disease from organic farming, than be poisoned by GMO foods.
It is the definition of the term ‘Genetically Modified Organism’, that is probably the most misunderstood part of the whole argument. Genetic manipulation has been a common practice since the dawn of agriculture. Plants, animals and even humans, have been genetically modified over the centuries. Science has increased food production and safety, but you cannot convince activists with facts, they don’t want to hear it!
In the case of the Hawaiian Papaya, a virus called the ‘Ring Spot Virus’ was threatening to destroy the Papaya industry on the Big Island. The University of Hawai’i at Hilo commissioned scientists to try and save the Papaya industry. They succeeded by identifying the ‘Ring Spot Virus’ and creating a vaccination to halt the spread of the disease. Just like a doctor gives humans a flu shot, penicillin, and vaccinations against deadly diseases. It was that simple.
I’m old enough to remember the scourge of polio, measles, whooping cough and other diseases that either killed or disabled children. However, many people, in particular movie stars and other public figures, have come out against vaccinations. They believe vaccinations are causing other problems like autism and birth defects. These celebrities have encouraged the low information voter to refuse to vaccinate their children from these diseases. A terribly naive and dangerous thing to do to either their children, or to anyone else! Although, these activists have no evidence to prove their claims that vaccinations are harmful, people have decided to believe their false claims anyway. Blindly!
Loud mouth haole, washed up television actress, and unfortunate island resident, Rosanne Barr, has come out and advocated for violence against farmers and anyone that supports GMO science in farming. She is an admitted communist and a green party member. She openly advocates for the murder of conservatives, and because she has celebrity status; she has a public bully pulpit to preach hate from. That’s right, a Bully Pulpit! A waste of Aloha!
Corporate Hatred Fueling Food Fight
The GMO Scare – Corporate Hatred and scare tactics. Eco-Terrorism. Anti-Capitalism hatred permeates the rhetoric, but is there any truth to the claims of people being poisoned? Emotionally driven charges with claims of farmers working outside the realm of nature’s rules. Activists claims of corporations like Monsanto are poisoning the food supply haven’t been substantiated. Activists arguments are never about the food, it’s always about the business model.
The argument by some is that we need to know what’s in our food, so we need labeling. That has been a favorite activist demand. Fine, I get that! I need to know what’s in the food I consume for health reasons. The amount of sodium, cholesterol and fat are things my doctor warns me about. It’s funny because just about every packaged food product has some GMO already in it. GMO Corn, soybeans and other plants have been consumed for decades with no ill effects. Why is it only now that GMO is suddenly being demonized? Answer: people are misinformed about what the benefits of what GMO technology brings to farming, and the delivery of safe nutritious food. But there is this seething hatred of corporations by these activists. Environmental activists groups, you all know who they are; have brought nuisance lawsuits against farmers. Corporations have teamed with these activists to shut out small business farmers from competing. That’s part of the problem here in Hawai’i also. It is a deliberate effort to drive the local farmer out of business.
Some Foreign countries sponsor some of the activist hatred because these are US based corporations. Agenda 21, and United Nations countries, that have a profound hatred for the United States and US Corporations, are behind most of these activists. You hear of countries banning Monsanto products, not because there’s anything wrong with the technology, but because it wasn’t invented there. Follow the money behind the science.
There is more GMO in foods we consume today than anyone realizes, and we’ve been eating it for decades without any harmful effects. I grew up eating GMO foods, and drinking fluoridated water, and never had any ill effects. I still have all my teeth!
We live longer. We are healthier. We now eat better and safer than we ever have in history. 100 years ago, in 1913, the industrial age in America was in full gear. Along the way there were mistakes made, and they were corrected. Best practices eventually led to the quality of life we enjoy today. There are more people living today because of food technology. We all live a better quality of life than those that live elsewhere in the world; like Africa, China and parts of the former Soviet Union. Their food quality control isn’t a good as ours; and yet there are those with this romantic notion that being closer to the Earth, the Planet, and the ground; that they are willing to bury themselves in their own grave of ignorance.
But because of an innate fear of what people don’t understand, they have taken out their pitch forks and torches to battle the Frankenfruit monster. They don’t care that they are destroying their future, their environment and our Planet.
If only stupidity had a label.
What’s For Breakfast?
Egg McKini with GMO Rainbow Papaya and GMO Hash Browns