Hawaii Council Members: Vote to Approve Bill 79 to Prohibit GMO crops on Hawaii Island
  • Petitioned J Yoshimoto

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J Yoshimoto
Council Member
Brenda Ford
Council Member
Dennis Onishi
Council Member
Gregor Ilagan
Council Member
Valerie Poindexter
Council Member
Zendo Kern
Council Member
Dru Mamo Kanuha
Council Member
Karen Eoff
Council Member
Margaret Wille

Hawaii Council Members: Vote to Approve Bill 79 to Prohibit GMO crops on Hawaii Island

    1. Jason Blair
    2. Petition by

      Jason Blair

      Kamuela, HI

Right now we are allowing chemical companies to manipulate our food supply for their financial gain at our expense. Hawaii is being used as a laboratory for companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF, and others to conduct tests for Genetically Modified Organisms. There is no oversight and no control over the spread of these GMOs. There is absolutely no proof they are safe for people, animals, or the environment; and in fact, quite the opposite.
GMO crops contaminate heritage, conventional and organic produce with their novel genetic materials and proteins. Every year their patent holders sue farmer’s for “trespass” when patented DNA invades the fields and bodies of plants and animals whose owners do not wish to grow GMOs, but whose land and flocks/herds are contaminated by the unwelcome intrusion of such GMO material.
Foreign DNA creates super bugs and pests which are resistant to known methods of control, but which induce farmers to use increasing amounts of the pesticides and herbicides to which their creating companies have made them resistant when they were genetically modified. The result is increasing chemical use and decreasing control.
The human body, and the probiotic, beneficial bacteria upon which it depends for immune and nutritional integrity, has no evolutionary experience and therefore no ability to detoxify GMO genetic material, bacterial markers and other GMO contents, nor the increasing exposure to toxic chemicals that the GMOs were deigned to withstand, through food, water and air exposure.
The insertion of foreign DNA into the bodies of humans, bacteria, plants and animals threatens the long-term integrity of the human genome and normal functioning of the human immune system.
No scientific studies show that GMOs are either safe or benign while all independent science shows that they are dangerous for the consumer and the environment.
Although the FDA accepts a principle of “substantially equivalent”, GMOs have never been shown to be substantially equivalent since their DNA is substantially different.
GMO feed transfers foreign DNA into the animal consuming it and then into humans consuming it.
The impact of foreign proteins, different in different cells of the same body, coded for by foreign DNA, is unknown.
The cost of DNA seeds and animal use permits or licenses can be set at any level, changing the economics of food production substantially, to the disadvantage of the small or independent farmer. Hundreds of thousands of cotton farmer suicides in India attest to the dangers of this public policy.
Most GMOs are created in order to confer resistance to heavy chemical input. The chemicals are therefore used in greater abundance leading to increased contamination of soil and water and decreased crop yield, according to the consensus of scientific evaluation of GMO technology on food and farmers.
Every independent study conducted of GMO impact and safety shows massive health and genetic problems including, but not limited to:

Reproductive: Infertility and Sterility, Fetal Death, Sexual inability and sterility in offspring, Fetal Abnormalities in Offspring, Neonatal Mortality, Low Birth Weight, Failure to Thrive;

Immunologic: Damaged Immune Competence, Auto Immune Diseases, Cancer, Enhanced Allergenicity, Even to Previously Non-Allergenic Proteins Leading to Lethal Allergic Responses Previously Either Very Rare or Unknown;

Bacteriological: Marker DNA conferring antibiotic resistance is inserted into GMOs. This marker DNA transfers not only to human and animal DNA, but to bacterial DNA as well, creating new classes of antibiotic-resistant DNA and new diseases;

Pathophysiological: Small Kidneys, Punctate GI Walls and Membranes, Hair Growth on the Mucosal Surfaces of the Body;

Neurological: Reduced Adaptability, Problem Solving, Low Weight Brains in Fetuses and Neonates.

GMO seeds cannot be saved legally so farmers are prevented from using ancient cost-saving, and stock-improving practices.
Local control over local activities, such as food production and consumption, should be in the hands of local consumers and producers through local regulations if they so desire.
These companies use open air testing which can and does contaminate the non-GMO plants. Once the non-GMO plants are contaminated, we cannot go back and our food supply will forever be contaminated.

Council Members, please vote to Approve the Prohibition of GMOs in Hawaii. We must stop the spread of these GMOs now, our food supply, our economy, and our lives depend on it!

J Yoshimoto, Council Member
Brenda Ford, Council Member
Dennis Onishi, Council Member
Gregor Ilagan, Council Member
Valerie Poindexter, Council Member
Zendo Kern, Council Member
Dru Mamo Kanuha, Council Member
Karen Eoff, Council Member
Margaret Wille, Council Member
Vote to Approve Bill 79 to Prohibit GMO crops on Hawaii Island

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      Jason Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Great job everyone we have passed a total of 5200 signatures online and on paper. Thanks to Derek and others that collected all most 700 signatures in just a couple days. This is not over yet and we need to reach our goal of 10,000. When we get to 10,000, change will promote the petition and then the sky is the limit. Please continue to do the great job of promoting the petition like you have been doing. This is, as you all know, a life and death situation. Mahalos.

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      Jason Blair
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! We have reached over 1000 signatures. Thank you to everyone that signed and shared this petition with their family and friends. Now we really have to turn it up and spread the word. We need to reach our next goal of 2000 signatures. We can do it. Let's show the Hawaii Council Members that we mean business and we do not want GMO's in Hawaii.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Rebekah Sargent HAIKU, HI
      • about 1 year ago

      I want real food!

    • epes sarget PAIA, HI
      • about 1 year ago

      I think that gmo's are not going to be good for the future of the lands for our kids.

      • about 1 year ago

      GMO's have the potential to cause a multitude of food security issues, we need more time to prove that this type of gene manipulation is wise and safe for our food systems

    • Ruben Villalobos LAKE ARROWHEAD, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Bees do their jobs unlike some people.

    • samuel alexander ST PAUL, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      we have a right and a sacred duty to protect the aina and our ohana, gmo is not better for us then mother nature, and the millions of pounds of chemicals used to grow them and control them dont just disappear, they end up in our land, in our water, in our food chain, and in our body with consequences for all, even those that dont consume them.


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