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The Garden Island: Kaua‘i is Ground Zero for Occupy GMO

Posted: September 18th, 2012 | Filed under: Press | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |
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Kaua‘i is Ground Zero for Occupy GMO

September 18, 2012, 1:00 am, Tom LaVenture – The Garden Island

LIHU‘E — Genetically modified organisms were the focus of a worldwide Occupy movement on Monday, and demonstrators in Lihu‘e said Kaua‘i is Ground Zero with experimental seed testing.

Most of the world was holding an Occupy Monsanto protest, a GMO company that has since departed Kaua‘i, but still has operations in Hawai‘i. The Lihu‘e demonstration focused on all major growers conducting testing, including Kaua‘i companies Syngenta and DuPont/Pioneer, along with ConAgra Foods, Inc. and BASF SE.

The issues were about expansion of testing fields from Kekaha to the Eastside, and the referendum to require labeling of GMO products in foods.

“I just want to know what I am eating,” said Sol Kahn, a demonstrator at the protest. “I don’t want to eat GMOs if I choose not to. It needs to be labeled with more information, and there needs to be more research.”

Kahn fears that poisons in the drinking water and soil is killing microorganisms and bacteria that are beneficial to life. The results of leaching pollution is killing the oceans, reefs and fish, he said.

“I am not necessarily against it (GMOs), but the science of it needs to be inspected,” he added.

Michael Schultz was demonstrating about the wealth of university research on pesticides and herbicides that damage the land and environment.

“I’ve been concerned about this for many years since the end of the cane industry,” Schultz said. “We are not just eating GMO food, but we are the guinea pigs for all these toxins.”

Fern Holland said she began researching the GMO issue five years ago as a student of environmental science, marine biology and wildlife management. She said studies from the Institute of Responsible Technology shows GMOs are not doing the right thing.

“They are chemical companies that are genetically modifying the world’s food supply to need chemicals,” she said.

The GMO issue should unify creationists and evolutionists, who agree that open testing of the world’s food supply is unacceptable. They also believe that breading across species is fundamentally wrong, she said.

“It might be an amazing technology to benefit pharmaceuticals and biotech,” she said, “but it needs to be treated unsafe until proven safe.”

Only numbers will make a difference, and Holland said that monthly community meeting for people on all sides of the issue will follow. She hopes to get 30,000 people to join the cause.

There are currently two lawsuits in state circuit and federal court against seed companies on Kaua‘i. The suits claim that violations of dust suppression orders are poisoning neighboring communities and are preventing organic farms from maintaining its status.

“The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture supports all forms of legitimate agriculture, which includes conventional farming, biotech farming and organic farming,” said Janelle Saneishi, a public information officer for the department.

Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture Chairman Russell Kokubun was out of state and not available for comment.

Biotech farming is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and once it approves a crop for planting, it is considered like any other plant, she said. Research crops must also follow USDA conditions, but once approved for release they are considered a deregulated crop and not experimental, she added.

As of now, there does not appear to be scientific evidence of harm, she said. Biotech is regulated by USDA permits including inspections quarantine branch facilities.

“We do have some input into how they grow and the inspectors look at how they are following permit conditions and USDA regulations,” she said.

Lopaka Baptista said he grows his own garden and wants his family to have good food on the table. The GMOs ruins everything, he said, referring to his brother who suffers from the effects of Agent Orange during the war in Vietnam.

He said that Atrizine in the water supply is also deadly for humans, pets, animals and birds of Kaua‘i.

“My concern is for my family, my friends and neighbors,” Baptista said. “We have a lot of keiki and we don’t want them growing up in an environment where you cant even drink the water anymore.”

“This issue is important to me and its pretty critical that people of Kaua‘i participate in a meaningful way,” Wendy Raebeck said. “I am really heartened because a demonstration just two years ago people were asking what GMO is, when it’s now a mainstream issue and it needed to happen.”

Corn, soy and canola are taboo items to Raebeck. She buys only organic tofu and soy milk.

“I’m against GMOs and I’m for labeling foods so that we know what is in it,” said Josephine Bonaparte, an organic farmer and grandmother. “I want a life free of pesticides and free from food that is pesticide resistant.”

Tiana Laranio said she was raised a “GMO youth” on microwavable groceries and canned SPAM, sausage and white rice. She suffered from reproductive and gastrointestinal problems at a young age and said she saw a connection with food allergies.

“I started becoming aware, and really once you wake up, there is not turning back,” she said. “I want to help other people to wake up for themselves.”

She said Occupy is about self-empowerment through community outreach and education. She said people can learn to read labels and demand that stores sell GMO-free products.

Once people know and they choose the alternative, then the natural forces of the free market will make the adjustment. As for Hawai‘i, she would like to see remediation of the ceded lands used for sustainable programs that get more people working with community gardens.

As for protesting, this is Laranio’s first time and she was motivated by the sudden growth of GMO fields around the island.

“I don’t agree with what the GMOs do, but if they do it then they should do it in a lab and not in the open air of Kaua‘i,” she said. “We are all being poisoned whether we realize it or not, and I am not a science experiment. I did not agree to this.”

Calls to Syngenta were not returned by press time.

DuPont Pioneer responded with resources that explain the work of GMOs on Kaua‘i at www.hciaonline.org.

More Hawai‘i seed industry surveys and information on biotech food safety is available from the International Food Information Council at www.foodinsight.org.


Source: The Garden Island

Monsanto’s PAC Contributions to Members of Congress 2002-2012

Posted: May 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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When you’ve got billions of dollars in your coffers, you can afford to pay off political candidates & members of Congress. The tables below from the Center for Responsive Politics show donations to U.S. politicians from Monsanto’s Political Action Committee known as Monsanto Citizenship Fund between 2002 and the first quarter of 2012. If your Senator or Representative is on this list, contact them and say that you don’t support Monsanto’s efforts to genetically contaminate the world’s food supply. Combine the totals below with the $50 million dollars Monsanto spent on lobbying and it’s easy to see why Monsanto deserves to be occupied this fall.


House
Total to Democrats: $237,202
Total to Republicans: $364,000
Total Recipient
$22499 Peterson, Collin C (D-MN)
$22000 Thompson, Bennie G (D-MS)
$22000 Carnahan, Russ (D-MO)
$20000 Lucas, Frank D (R-OK)
$20000 Graves, Sam (R-MO)
$19500 Clay, William L Jr (D-MO)
$18500 Boehner, John (R-OH)
$17000 Simpson, Mike (R-ID)
$16000 Hastert, Dennis (R-IL)
$16000 Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
$15500 Cantor, Eric (R-VA)
$14500 Camp, Dave (R-MI)
$12500 Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA)
$12000 Akin, Todd (R-MO)
$11000 Smith, Adrian (R-NE)
$11000 Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO)
$10500 King, Steven A (R-IA)
$10500 Barrow, John (D-GA)
$10000 Fincher, Steve (R-TN)
$9750 Berry, Marion (D-AR)
$9000 Hayes, Robin (R-NC)
$8500 Hulshof, Kenny (R-MO)
$8000 Hare, Phil (D-IL)
$7500 Latham, Tom (R-IA)
$7000 Shimkus, John M (R-IL)
$7000 Boswell, Leonard L (D-IA)
$6500 Rogers, Hal (R-KY)
$6000 Loebsack, David (D-IA)
$6000 Courtney, Joe (D-CT)
$5500 Schock, Aaron (R-IL)
$5500 Cleaver, Emanuel (D-MO)
$5500 Braley, Bruce (D-IA)
$5000 Minnick, Walt (D-ID)
$5000 Hirono, Mazie K (D-HI)
$5000 Bright, Bobby (D-AL)
$4500 McCrery, Jim (R-LA)
$4500 Kingston, Jack (R-GA)
$4500 Gardner, Cory (R-CO)
$4500 Boyd, Allen (D-FL)
$4000 Stutzman, Marlin (R-IN)
$4000 Skelton, Ike (D-MO)
$4000 Michaud, Mike (D-ME)
$4000 Melancon, Charles (D-LA)
$4000 McIntyre, Mike (D-NC)
$4000 Kissell, Larry (D-NC)
$4000 Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (D-SD)
$3500 Stenholm, Charles W (D-TX)
$3500 Ross, Mike (D-AR)
$3500 Long, Billy (R-MO)
$3500 Landry, Jeff (R-LA)
$3500 Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL)
$3500 Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS)
$3500 Huelskamp, Tim (R-KS)
$3000 Schilling, Bobby (R-IL)
$3000 Salazar, John (D-CO)
$3000 Ryan, Paul (R-WI)
$3000 Rush, Bobby L (D-IL)
$3000 Johnson, Timothy (R-IL)
$3000 Herger, Wally (R-CA)
$3000 Hanabusa, Colleen (D-HI)
$3000 Goode, Virgil H Jr (R-VA)
$3000 Chabot, Steve (R-OH)
$3000 Bruun, Scott (R-OR)
$3000 Bonilla, Henry (R-TX)
$3000 Berg, Rick (R-ND)
$2500 Rokita, Todd (R-IN)
$2500 Nunes, Devin Gerald (R-CA)
$2500 Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD)
$2500 Etheridge, Bob (D-NC)
$2500 Causey, Chad (D-AR)
$2500 Case, Ed (D-HI)
$2500 Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN)
$2000 Pombo, Richard W (R-CA)
$2000 Hartzler, Vicky (R-MO)
$2000 Halvorson, Deborah (D-IL)
$2000 Gard, John (R-WI)
$2000 Foster, Bill (D-IL)
$2000 Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN)
$2000 Dooley, Cal (D-CA)
$2000 Donnelly, Joe (D-IN)
$2000 Childers, Travis W (D-MS)
$2000 Boucher, Rick (D-VA)
$2000 Boehlert, Sherwood (R-NY)
$1500 Walden, Greg (R-OR)
$1500 Tauzin, Billy III (R-LA)
$1500 Pickering, Charles (Chip) Jr (R-MS)
$1500 Holden, Tim (D-PA)
$1500 Dingell, John D (D-MI)
$1500 Costa, Jim (D-CA)
$1250 Tanner, John (D-TN)
$1000 Tiberi, Patrick J (R-OH)
$1000 Thompson, Stan (R-IA)
$1000 Thompson, Glenn (R-PA)
$1000 Tauzin, Billy (R-LA)
$1000 Sensenbrenner, F James Jr (R-WI)
$1000 Paulsen, Erik (R-MN)
$1000 Noem, Kristi (R-SD)
$1000 Neugebauer, Randy (R-TX)
$1000 Musgrave, Marilyn (R-CO)
$1000 Murphy, Scott (D-NY)
$1000 Lamberti, Jeffrey (R-IA)
$1000 Labrador, Raul (R-ID)
$1000 Kennedy, Mark (R-MN)
$1000 Hultgren, Randy (R-IL)
$1000 Hill, Baron (D-IN)
$1000 Guthrie, Steven Brett (R-KY)
$1000 Emerson, Jo Ann (R-MO)
$1000 Diedrich, Larry William (R-SD)
$1000 Crawford, Rick (R-AR)
$1000 Conyers, John Jr (D-MI)
$1000 Conaway, Mike (R-TX)
$1000 Clyburn, James E (D-SC)
$1000 Cardoza, Dennis (D-CA)
$1000 Cannon, Chris (R-UT)
$500 Putnam, Adam H (R-FL)
$500 McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (R-WA)
$500 LaHood, Ray (R-IL)
$500 Coble, Howard (R-NC)
$500 Callahan, Sonny (R-AL)
$500 Alexander, Rodney (R-LA)
$250 Ford, Harold E Jr (D-TN)
$100 McVey, Brose (R-IN)
Senate
Total to Democrats: $106,953
Total to Republicans: $201,100
Total Recipient
$21500 Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA)
$20000 Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
$20000 Bond, Christopher “Kit” (R-MO)
$17000 Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR)
$15000 McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)
$15000 Talent, James M (R-MO)
$14000 Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)
$13000 Harkin, Tom (D-IA)
$13000 Nelson, Ben (D-NE)
$11500 Baucus, Max (D-MT)
$11000 Crapo, Mike (R-ID)
$9000 Roberts, Pat (R-KS)
$8000 Lugar, Richard G (R-IN)
$7000 Bennett, Robert F (R-UT)
$7000 Coleman, Norm (R-MN)
$7000 Hatch, Orrin G (R-UT)
$7000 Inouye, Daniel K (D-HI)
$6000 Vitter, David (R-LA)
$6000 Wicker, Roger (R-MS)
$5500 Risch, James E (R-ID)
$5000 Allard, Wayne (R-CO)
$5000 Burr, Richard (R-NC)
$5000 Durbin, Dick (D-IL)
$5000 Hoeven, John (R-ND)
$5000 McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)
$5000 Moran, Jerry (R-KS)
$5000 Portman, Rob (R-OH)
$4500 Melancon, Charles (D-LA)
$4000 Coburn, Tom (R-OK)
$3500 Akin, Todd (R-MO)
$3000 Hutchinson, Tim (R-AR)
$3000 Johanns, Michael O (R-NE)
$3000 Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)
$2500 Thune, John (R-SD)
$2000 Cochran, Thad (R-MS)
$2000 Dole, Elizabeth (R-NC)
$2000 Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY)
$2000 Landrieu, Mary L (D-LA)
$2000 Pryor, Mark (D-AR)
$2000 Sessions, Jeff (R-AL)
$2000 Smith, Gordon H (R-OR)
$2000 Specter, Arlen (R-PA)
$2000 Sununu, John E (R-NH)
$1500 Casey, Bob (D-PA)
$1000 Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
$1000 Bunning, Jim (R-KY)
$1000 Burns, Conrad (R-MT)
$1000 Campbell, Ben Nighthorse (R-CO)
$1000 Carper, Tom (D-DE)
$1000 Conrad, Kent (D-ND)
$1000 Craig, Larry (R-ID)
$1000 Daschle, Tom (D-SD)
$1000 Dodd, Chris (D-CT)
$1000 Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN)
$1000 Enzi, Mike (R-WY)
$1000 Hagan, Kay R (D-NC)
$1000 Hagel, Chuck (R-NE)
$1000 Hirono, Mazie K (D-HI)
$1000 Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)
$1000 Jones, Bill (R-CA)
$1000 Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN)
$1000 Kyl, Jon (R-AZ)
$1000 Leahy, Patrick (D-VT)
$1000 Thomas, Craig (R-WY)
$500 Welch, Bob (R-WI)

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Source: Center for Responsive Politics (2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002)


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