The Battle Over GMOs in Hawaii

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Adam Skolnick, author of the Salon article GMOs are Tearing a Tropical Paradise Apart, will talk about the legislative battles being waged over GMO seeds in Hawaii. With its fertile volcanic soil, Hawaii has become a hub for the development of genetically engineered crops like corn, and has more experimental GMO field trials than any other US state. While some claim that GMO seeds have saved local crops like papayas, and that the GMO industry is essential to Hawaii’s economy, others claim that the new crops are a health risk, exposing Hawaiians to dust and pesticides. 


Adam Skolnick

Comments [5]

Zach LR from Des Moines

It's surprising that Leonard would fall for Skolnik's iteration of the classic GMO switcheroo: Skolnik raises the fearful specter of GMOs, then admits that the people in Hawaii are really just worried about the pesticides (and, it seems, the dust...) that are common to most US farming operations. Not the GMOs. There has never been any documented health damages from GMOs themselves. At least the guest should have been asked about the misleading title of his article.
Please consider inviting a scientist to your program to speak about crop genetics, perhaps someone from the top scientific body in the US, the AAAS (which has released many endorsements of the safety of GMO crops, including a recent editorial in Science). Better yet, please invite Pamela Ronald, a plant geneticist who wrote a book about the merging of organic farming techniques and genetic modification of crops.

Oct. 10 2013 11:39 PM
kapahi youth from kapahi, kaua'i

mahalo for helping get the word out. the chemical companies that operate these seed companies are using the local resources as experimental field labs to test the effects of poisons (herbicides & pesticides- crop protection products) on their seeds. there are elevated rates of asthma, cancer and reef die off in the areas close to their operations. most people are not aware of the problems but with folks like adam and maggie sergio from huff post, the word is getting out. visit STOP Poisoning Paradise .org for more info on the issue. mahalo leonard for helping give voice to the people of kaua'i who have suffered long enough with these multinational corps who would like nothing better but to return to the plantation days.

Oct. 10 2013 05:35 PM
pliny from soho

what about pineapples
are they over sprayed with pesticides too

Oct. 10 2013 01:40 PM
Leah from South Harlem

Pesticides or herbicides? Biotech agriculture typically means herbicides.

Also the problem with GMOs is no single problem but rather a complex of problems involving patent law, labeling, the ethics of private property and more.

As biology departments all over the nation morph into biotech departments, we face an industrial complex.

The only strong argument against GMOs is against the COMPLEX of genetically engineered agriculture. But our government is NOT SET UP to deal with this kind of complexity.

Oct. 10 2013 01:32 PM
Idell Conaway

These experimental killers of man's DNA must be stopped. It's as serious to mankind as Fukushima.

Oct. 10 2013 09:25 AM

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