Hawaii’s Grassroot Institute takes stand against anti-GMO activism

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Maui farm, via Grassroots Institute of Hawaii

The following is an excerpt of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s testimony to the Maui Council on GMOs, asking them to reject an anti-GMO bill proposed in Kauai.

Aloha Council Committee Members,

Fact – There is no conclusive scientific evidence that human beings have been harmed by the genetic modification of food crops.

In spite of these facts, Hawaii agriculture is being forced through a gauntlet of wild-eyed accusations.  Anti-GMO leaders have threatened farmers and, in Big Island papaya fields, it appears that some may have acted on those threats. Now these same activists are demanding that Maui County require farmers to submit reams of triplicative (Federal, State, County) pesticide paperwork on pain of thousands of dollars in daily fines levied against any who fall short.

The Maui Council is being asked to suppress one of Hawaii’s few non-tourism growth industries.

Maui Councilmembers can reject misuse of the democratic process for advertising hype by voting “No” on any version of the Kauai bill.

Read the full, original article: Maui Council: Please Protect Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers from Anti-GMO Hype Campaign

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