Molokai, another Hawaii GMO battleground, rallies around farmers

It’s often said that Hawaii is Ground Zero for the anti-GMO movement. However, as GLP contributing writer Joni Kamiya has written, the ugliness has almost all been generated by opponents who have gone beyond criticizing the technology but instead personally attacking and threatening those they disagree with. Scary stuff.

That’s one reason why the recent gathering on Molokai was so heartening. Over the weekend, Kamiya reports, more than 500 community members, workers and family members–almost a tenth of the tiny island–gathered in Kaunakakai Town to express their support of farming and agriculture and their opposition to the Maui initiative.


“We stood there, with a smile, waving, sending shakas to every vehicle that passed, holding messages about the effects that the Maui County Initiative will have on all of us,” Kamiya wrote. “It was definitely an experience I will never forget.” It’s the quiet majority, she wrote.

What follows are some pictures from the event:

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