URGENT HAWAII GMO ACTION ALERT
ALL ISLANDS PLEASE URGE HAWAII COUNCIL TO BAN GMOs!
Please forward to all friends!
Work with GMO-Free Hawaii Island!
THE GMO Ban Update: Officially postponed to July 2 @ 9am-
testimony to be taken at all satellite locations and KONA council office
We will need to turn out big numbers.
The pro GMO people were organized and funded…..
They had buttons made and union backing, they packed the building to overflowing…….
Monsanto has not yet taken over this island, but they are eyeing all the nice farmland up near Waimea.
Start working now if want to ban GMO we will need at least 200-400 people to show up.
Before July 2nd, council members need to hear from you because it is now a numbers game.
They compare stacks of For and Against testimony to help them vote.
You can attend at any of the 5 satellite sites in Hilo, Kona, Waimea, Pahoa
(by the emergency clinic near Malama), or Ka’u. Please wear GREEN in solidarity.
If you don’t know the address, do a web search.
If you have not testified yet, this is the time to do so.
You can also email and call in testimony. See Below.
Event on facebook: sign up and show up!
The biotech folks are organizing also….
A Secret meeting was noticed in the County Building with the biotech lobbyist from Oahu,
Rep Mark Nakashima, papaya industry folks, the Cattlemen’s Association, UH professor, etc. after the
May 29 County Council meeting on a GMO prohibition bill.
The County Council members are really going to be under the heat from these lobbyists…
they have A LOT of money, and are not afraid to play dirty…we need to stand up together really strongly.
UPDATE: It has been estimated the count of testimonies for the May 14th hearing was:
169 FOR, 39 AGAINST. However, some of the 39 are large organisations.
A minimum of 5 votes is needed, but even if it fails in committee, it will still go to the full Council
allowing another opportunity to testify.
Info on the GMO Ban….
Councilperson Margaret Wille has written a GMO bill that needs your support.
The bill would restrict GMO crops, trees, seafood, algae and toxic and invasive GMOs on the Big Island.
HEARING: Wednesday 9:00 am, July 2, 2013
Council meets in Kona, but people are encouraged to use ALL the satellite sites in
Hilo, Pahoa, Ka’u or Waimea.
Please COME and bring many people with you.
Wear GREEN and pin your Council District numberon your shirt, large enough for Council members
to be able to read.
To read Bill 79 go here: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/WebLink8/0/doc/789300/Page1.aspx
Email or fax every council member with your name and town/city and the best, most professional
evidence and commentary you have in support of a GMO ban. If you email, attach your comments as a Word or PDF to make it easier to print. You can also attach supporting documents and studies. Make your comments short.
You will look more important if you represent a group or company, rather than just writing as an individual.
Sample to draw from:
To: Public Safety & Mass Transit Committee.
RE: Ban GMO Please! bill 79
” The entire world is threatened by genetic engineering.
If biotech was the answer to our food supply needs, it would be 100 safe with no risks.
There are too many dangers to be ignored.
The industrialization of these systems have created many problems for humanity and for
all living creatures of the world.
Talk to someone on Moloka’i or Kaua’i about the desecration of their precious land.
These “experimental seeds” do NOT regenerate causing farmers to have to buy seed every year!
270,000 FARMERS IN INDIA HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE due to Monsanto’s infiltration.
PERU recently became a GMO FREE Country – we will be the First GMO FREE HAWAI’I COUNTY!
The solutions lie in our ability to think about the connections between the earth’s capacity to endure
our activities and our way of understanding and respecting that connection.
I do not believe that genetic engineering was developed for any other reason than the chemical
companies to sell their poisons and products.
The crops are being sprayed with chemicals that are harmful and deadly, the technology itself is not
reliable (what if something in nature triggered them to “self destruct”?) and many scientists around
the world agree that the dangers are too numerous for this to be in our system of raising food.
The idea is enticing, making work easier for farmers, putting traits from one animal or food to another
to increase the plants nutrition. But this is not the case.
The only yields we can have from these crops are the ones the biotech
industry gets from its sales of its herbicides. The huge monocrops destroy biodiversity. This is not an option, we don’t have another planet to live on to experiment on.
District 1 Valerie Poindexter firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Portion of South Hilo, North Hilo, HÇmÇkua, Portion of Waimea
District 2 J Yoshimoto Fax: email@example.com
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Portion of South Hilo District 3 “Fresh” Onishi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (808) 961-8912 Portion of South Hilo, Portion of Kea’au
District 4 Greggor Ilagan: email@example.com
Fax: (808) 961-8912 West Puna
District 7 Dru Mamo Kanula:
Fax: (808) 329- 4786 North Kona, South Kona, Ka’u, and Greater Volcano Area
District 8 Karen Eoff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (808) 329-4786
Portion of South Kona, Portion of North Kona
To view the bill:
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Big Pharm Fallout
Along with unlabeled GMOs, we’re ingesting toxic pesticides.
Report on the global March Against Monsanto all over the world: