Anti-GMO crop, pesticide ballot initiative launched in Hawaii

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FirstOfficer wrote:

And the vast majority of scientists backed by a vast amount of studies showing no harm from GMO’s, conclude GMO’s cause no harm.

Feb 25, 2014 7:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
drhewang wrote:

This is a very misleading piece of news. The word “pesticide” has been repeated 10 times through the article, especially in the title. At the end of the article one has to admit once it is really “herbicide”. The other major direction for genetically engineered crops is indeed for pest resistance, which in effect eliminates, or lowers, the use of pesticides. Does Reuters adore “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”?

Feb 25, 2014 2:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WRW wrote:

Perhaps 25 years of European research can help here:

A Decade of EU-Funded GMO Research 2001-2010

Food Safety:

“The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies.”

Environmental:
“Now, after 25 years of field trials without evidence
of harm, fears continue to trigger the Precautionary Principle. But Europeans need to abandon this knowingly one-sided stance and strike a balance between the advantages and disadvantages of the technology on the basis of scientifically sound risk assessment analysis.”

Feb 25, 2014 2:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Shelby1 wrote:

Really? the Gov’t hasn’t poisoned enough places? Why do they poison our food and water with Fluoride and GMO crops, everyone says it’s for money , it’s not just that, it’s to kill us off. Why do most country ban these things including Fluoride and food dyes. Don’t you think there is a real agenda here? do you know they are now trying to control our children’s lunches as well, there is a reason for that, wonder why they fight Organic farms?, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist.

Feb 26, 2014 5:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Chris44 wrote:

Maui is a small island and is regarded the best island in the world. I think it is prudent to have some caution before spraying and combining dozens of experimental herbiicides. We had a similar case in West Maui. Companies, scientists and advisers said spraying it was fine, but now we’ll have to filter the water from herbicide residue for at least 40 years. That error cost Dow Chemical a million dollars.

Feb 28, 2014 12:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
McNamara31 wrote:

“In Maui, groundwater is already significantly contaminated with pesticides, the citizens group said in a statement on Monday. The group said they thought rising numbers of birth defects were connected to GMO-related pesticide use.”

The Gm manufacturers love the Hawaiian Island because they can grow their GM test crops YEAR ROUND meaning that many more herbicides and pesticides being released into the environment.

A recent review of hundreds of scientific studies surrounding glyphosate—the major component of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide— sheds light on its effects within the human body. The paper describes how all of these effects could work together, and with other variables, trigger health problems in humans, including debilitating diseases like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Hawaiian people requested this temporary moratorium and all the biotechs “using Hawaiian resources” should respect this request

Feb 28, 2014 9:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
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