- Neil HannahsDirector Land Assets Division, Kamehameha Schools
- Dee Jay MailerCEO, Kamehameha Schools
- Kamehameha Schools
We recently took a trip to the north shore of O‘ahu to cover the Pipeline surf contest and find out more about GMOs on the Islands. Some of the best surfers in the world – including Kelly Slater, Dustin Barca, John John Florence, and Sebastian Zietz – showed up for a protest in Haleiwa to say “No to GMOs”. We wanted to know why…
Turns out the Hawaiian Islands have become one of the main testing grounds for GMO corporations. These companies are spraying toxic pesticides near schools, hospitals, residential neighborhoods, and some of the world’s best surf. People are getting sick, and the land and water are being poisoned.
Specifically on the north shore of O‘ahu, Monsanto is leasing more than 1,000 acres from Kamehameha Schools. Kamehameha Schools is Hawaii’s largest private landowner with more than 365, 000 acres of land. Their stated mission is to “improve the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education.” Yet by leasing land to Monsanto, they are putting Hawaiian residents and our beloved Islands at risk.
It’s time to put an end to this and you can help.
Tell Kamehameha Schools: it’s time to lead by example and do the right thing – EVICT MONSANTO!
- Director Land Assets Division, Kamehameha Schools
- CEO, Kamehameha Schools
Dee Jay Mailer
- Kamehameha Schools
As Hawaii’s largest private landowner, you are responsible for the stewardship of over 365,000 acres of land on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i.
Leasing land to Monsanto – one of the largest GMO corporations in the world – on the north shore of O‘ahu is unacceptable.
Your stated mission is to “improve the capability and well-being of Hawaiians through education.” Yet by leasing land to Monsanto, you are putting Hawaiian residents and our beloved Islands at risk.
Monsanto is not concerned with the well-being of the Hawaiian people or the land. Quite the contrary. They are here simply to test new GMO seed crops, and make a profit from that research, while spraying toxic pesticides that are proven to be bad for our health and the environment.
Monsanto may pay the bills on time, but is this how you want your school to be funded, and what kind of message does that send to your students?
90% of the food we eat in Hawai‘i is imported. We’d like to see the 1,000+ acres you lease to Monsanto be rehabilitated and eventually used to produce healthy, organic food for the people of Hawai‘i, rather than be leased to a giant corporation that is testing seed crops and spraying dangerous chemicals.
It’s time to lead by example and do the right thing.
We and future generations will thank you.
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