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Hawai'i is ground zero for the AgriChemical/GMO corporations like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow and DuPont.  These corporations use our islands to experiment with new pesticides and GMO seeds.

On Moloka'i the situation is complicated by Monsanto being the biggest employer on an island. Moloka'i is 38 by 10 mile island with a population of 7,400. Sixty percent identify themselves as Hawaiian or Part-Hawaiian.

Mercy Ritte, a 29 year old mother living a mile from Monsanto's corn fields, became concerned after her toddler son became ill with a cough after a heavy dust storm blew over her home from Monsanto's fields.

Monsanto refused to disclose to her what chemicals they were spraying and what might have caused her son's illness.  

So she became the Moloka'i Mom on a Mission and started protests against Monsanto.  More and more concerned moms joined.  She joined up with Hawai'i Seed to promote more sustainable farming in Hawai'i.

This gave birth to The Mom Hui and soon there were chapters on Kaua'i, Oahu, Maui, Moloka'i and the Big Island.

 photo TheMomHui_zps225e389f.png"What We Love, We Will Protect!"

The Moms On a Mission Hui (The MOM Hui) is a statewide, grassroots group of proactive mothers and supporters that was established to raise awareness on the potential health and environmental risks of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), to advocate for protecting the health and well being of their children, and to support local, organic food and safe farming practices.

Currently pressing issues include defending the Kaua'i Pesticide Disclosure ordinance from a lawsuit filed by Syngenta, Dow and DuPont, passing a similar ordinance in Maui County (Moloka'i island is part of Maui County) and fighting off potential efforts of the Hawai'i State Legislature to pre-empt County ordinances.

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  •  I hadn't really thought about it before (3+ / 0-)
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    Karen from Maui, Mayfly, kalihikane

    but how frightening for an island to be subject to this. It's like you're a petri dish.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 03:30:13 PM PST

    •  They tell us it's perfectly safe, (2+ / 0-)
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      Karen from Maui, Joan McCarter

      in the same document where they state Hawai'i was chosen for these experiments because it is two thousand miles away from the nearest major land mass...

      Why, exactly, are they unwilling to do it in their own back yards if it is so safe? Why do we need a two thousand mile water barrier?

    •  Why do the testing on Hawai'i land... (0+ / 0-)

      ...the amount of acreage used for viable product success has to be very small compared to glory years of pineapple and sugar cane fields that are now mostly residential. So actual power leverage ag industry has over state politics can't be that much. They wouldn't have loss of jobs leverage hanging over their heads.  So why the fuss?

      Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

      by kalihikane on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:11:28 PM PST

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      •  Lots of Ag land in Hawai'i (2+ / 0-)
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        kalihikane, Joan McCarter

        The island of Maui has a sugar plantation of 35,000 acres alone.

        •  My point is looking at the total market... (0+ / 0-)

          ...global at best or USA being least, the ag land available in Hawaii to grow enough products to serve those markets cannot meet the demands.  Now for niche markets I suppose would work but unless they're thinking of going back to the old way of harvesting and importing more non-American Okinawans, Filipinos, and Portagees to do the labor don't know how the product could compete with similar product grown in various very low cost overseas markets. No offense intended my references to previous mentioned cultures...my grandmother on mother's side came to Hawaii with grandpa early 1900s to work the fields.

          Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

          by kalihikane on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:41:12 PM PST

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          •  That's why they use us for EXPERIMENTS (1+ / 0-)
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            kalihikane

            We're Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Pioneer, DuPont's LAB RATS

             photo monsantolabrat_zps79b4de04.jpg

            As sugar becomes unprofitable, our ag land is being taken over by these companies who use it to test new ag pesticides (oh goody!) and new GMO seeds.

            We are ground zero of pesticide experimentation and our health is suffering as a result.

            •  My bad for not reading in detail... (0+ / 0-)

              ...the perps probably can't get away with poisining the land and populations in foreign countries so why not do it in paradise and enjoy the benefits of being there and if state gov't won't require the companies experimenting with pesticides...organize boycotts against their products and retailers that sell them.  Also find out what departments at UH are assisting them.  UH has a very good ag studies department. They assisted development of the newest hybred papaya. about 10yrs ago. Did a great job but that didn't involve pesticides. Good luck.

              Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

              by kalihikane on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 12:38:17 PM PST

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