Local farmers must do their part to stand up to anti-GMO activists

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It’s up to local farmers—the silent majority—to stand up to anti-GMO activists in Hawaii, writes Joni Kamiya, author of the blog Hawaii Farmer’s Daughter and supporter of biotechnology. The local culture, which discourages individuals from drawing attention to themselves, has led to complacency among farmers and has been taken advantage of by “loud, brazen” anti-GMO activists. Farmers complain about the recent anti-GMO efforts in Hawaii, but no one is fighting back. There are thousands of small farmers in Hawaii who support biotechnology, but none will speak up. “This really sends the message that no one wants to stick their head out about the best direction to take based on their expertise and experience,” Kamiya writes. She calls on local farmers to take a stand if they don’t like what’s happening to the agricultural industry in Hawaii. “If the silent majority continues to not speak up, then they will ultimately lose.”

Read the full, original story here: The Real Problem is not the Anti-GMO Club

 

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