‘All hell will break loose’ for Molokai if proposed GMO ban on Maui passes

If you’re looking for an entertaining way to spend your day, a trip to hear testimony given to the Maui County Council on the subject of GMOs may be just what is needed.

Recently, roughly 200 members of the community gave the council their thoughts on a Citizen’s Initiative called PIA-78. This initiative would place a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered organisms until a yet to be determined group of citizens could deem them ‘safe’.

Those familiar with the subject of genetic engineering may be scratching their heads as they already know that scientific consensus has long upheld the safety of these crops. On the small island of Maui, apparently that news has not yet reached a very vocal minority of the population.  About 33 people testified about the dangers and evils of GMOs. In past testimony we have heard how eating GMOs caused corn silk to grow from the throat of one man and another told how aliens were somehow involved in this grand conspiracy. The latest round of testimony did not disappoint.

The good news in all this crazy is that while about 33 people got up telling us how evil the biotech companies are for wanting to do business in this county, 5 times that number stood up to testify against the moratorium on farming. More than 160 residents of Maui County, many of them from Molokai stood up to talk about what this initiative would do to them, their families, and their island. Molokai would be devastated, or as one testifier put it: ‘If this passes, all hell will break loose.”

Amen Molokai, Amen.

Read the full, original article: Amen Molokai

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
can you boost your immune system to prevent coronavirus spread x

Video: How to boost your immune system to guard against COVID and other illnesses

Scientists have recently developed ways to measure your immune age. Fortunately, it turns out your immune age can go down ...
mag insects image superjumbo v

Disaster interrupted: Which farming system better preserves insect populations: Organic or conventional?

A three-year run of fragmentary Armageddon-like studies had primed the journalism pumps and settled the media framing about the future ...
dead bee desolate city

Are we facing an ‘Insect Apocalypse’ caused by ‘intensive, industrial’ farming and agricultural chemicals? The media say yes; Science says ‘no’

The media call it the “Insect Apocalypse”. In the past three years, the phrase has become an accepted truth of ...
globalmethanebudget globalcarbonproject cropped x

Infographic: Cows cause climate change? Agriculture scientist says ‘belching bovines’ get too much blame

A recent interview by Caroline Stocks, a UK journalist who writes about food, agriculture and the environment, of air quality ...
organic hillside sweet corn x

Organic v conventional using GMOs: Which is the more sustainable farming?

Many consumers spend more for organic food to avoid genetically modified products in part because they believe that “industrial agriculture” ...
benjamin franklin x

Are most GMO safety studies funded by industry?

The assertion that biotech companies do the research and the government just signs off on it is false ...
gmo corn field x

Do GMO Bt (insect-resistant) crops pose a threat to human health or the environment?

Bt is a bacterium found organically in the soil. It is extremely effective in repelling or killing target insects but ...

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies for tighter GMO legislation and famously puts out annual "dirty dozen" list of fruits and ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be the prime mover behind the ongoing campaign against agricultural biotechnology at Consumer Reports. He is an ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend