Hawaii documentary claims presence of Big Ag GMO test facilities forces islands to import food

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Pro surfer Dustin Barca, who hails from Kauai and is a major subject of the film as he attempted to run for mayor of Kauai. Photo: Courtesy of Cyrus Sutton/Island Earth

Did you know that the state of Hawaii imports between 80 and 90 percent of its food? This is, among other reasons, because of the looming presence of the industrial agriculture companies that operate on the abundance of farm lands, growing and testing genetically modified crops (GMO) and seeds for export globally and to the mainland United States.

This is the subject of “Island Earth”, the newest documentary from filmmaker/professional surfer Cyrus Sutton [according to the documentary notice]:

[H]e examines how the GMO industry is changing Hawaii with widespread use of pesticides and legislative entanglements, having awakened a citizenry that is not willing to sit by idly as their food supply is determined for them.

“I’ve learned that the GMO issue isn’t black or white and that the solution might just be shifting our focus away from the merits or dangers of technologies and focusing on how we use those technologies,” [said Sutton.]

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Why surf filmmaker Cyrus Sutton made a documentary about GMO agriculture

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