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Excerpt: "...protesters met in Kunia and marched more than half a mile to the Monsanto compound for two hours of roadside sign-waving and chanting, demanding that Monsanto leave Hawaii..."

A protestor outside Monsanto's corporate headquarters in Oahu, 06/28/12. (photo: Eco Watch)
A protestor outside Monsanto's corporate headquarters in Oahu, 06/28/12. (photo: Eco Watch)

Citizens to Monsanto: 'Get out of Hawaii'

By Eco Watch

05 July 12


everal organizations, including Occupy Wall Street Maui and GMO-Free Maui, as well as more than 100 concerned citizens, held a protest on June 28 in front of the Monsanto Corporation headquarters in Kunia on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. According to the organizers, the protesters met in Kunia and marched more than half a mile to the Monsanto compound for two hours of roadside sign-waving and chanting, demanding that Monsanto leave Hawaii and saying they need real food, not exported GMO seeds and chemical contamination. The group also demands that genetically engineered (GE) food be labeled.

The protesters wore masks to protect themselves from pesticide drift and GE spores, received lots of support from many in passing cars that honked their horns and waved in support. A nearby resident came to find out what was going on and soon donned a mask himself as he was unaware of the dangers so close to his house. The resident expressed concern about the large trucks and equipment operating at night at Monsanto’s fields.

Monsanto operates about 8,000 acres in Hawaii for GE seed production. According to organizers, these operations use the most valuable agricultural lands and water in food production, as well as large amounts of chemicals and pesticides that are required to grow these crops. Hawaii is a global center for the open-air field testing of experimental GE crops, but no impact studies have been conducted.

Food security is a growing concern in Hawaii as the majority of the food is imported while the biotech industry grows GE seeds for export. The need for locally grown, wholesome, natural, non-toxic food is high on everyone’s priority list. Walter Ritte of “Label It Hawaii” offers a strong message for Monsanto: “Get out of Hawaii, grow food, stop growing seeds and chemicals, grow food, we need food security over here.”

Monsanto stopped operations for the afternoon because of the protest and allowed most workers to leave early. Monsanto erected a barrier and manned a security station at the entrance to their compound. There were several Monsanto employees filming the protesters throughout the event.

This protest follows similar protests recently held on the islands of Maui and Kauai against Monsanto. Activist organizations on the other islands vowed solidarity and stated that they are planning more protests until Monsanto leaves the islands.

Recently, the U.S. has moved to deregulate several varieties of GE crops. However, these decisions fail to take into account several scientifically-validated environmental concerns, such as the indiscriminate nature of genetically modified gene flow in crops, a heavy reliance on faulty data and a high degree of uncertainty in making safety determinations. They also overlook the problem of pesticide-resistant weeds and insects, as well as the widespread corruption of conventional seed varieties by GE strains and documented severe economic injury to farmers and markets. Overlooked as well are possible health consequences from eating GE food, still largely unstudied and unknown.

Fortunately, GE crops are not permitted in organic food production. For more information about why organic is the right choice, see our Organic Food: Eating with a Conscience Guide and visit the Organic Program page. For more information on the failure of genetically engineered food, read Genetically Engineered Food Failed promises and hazardous outcomes, from the Summer 2011 issue of Pesticides and You, or go to our Genetic Engineering Web page.

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+46 # DrAnne 2012-07-05 16:11
MAHALO! Thanks to some islands of sanity amongst 50 in the U.S. Vermont being perhaps the other?
-72 # phantomww 2012-07-05 16:13
My biggest concern is that I bought Monsato at $59 and it is now over $83 a share. I should have bought more.
+27 # mickeynow 2012-07-05 16:41
Well, buy more before it goes up again. And learning how to spell Monsanto could help. Just make sure they are off the island before you do anything rash.
+31 # John Locke 2012-07-05 18:05
mickeynow: actually we need to get them out of Washington!
+4 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 13:24
Get rid of the politicians who have a obligation to Monsanto. A bunch of those used to be employees of Monsanto, and they managed to get them into high places in Washington. These guys didn't have any experience in politics, they just worked for Monsanto and still get paid by Monsanto.
+1 # John Locke 2012-07-07 09:44
DHa7763100: You mean like those Obama has employed!
+18 # Old Man 2012-07-05 17:01
Quoting phantomww:
My biggest concern is that I bought Monsato at $59 and it is now over $83 a share. I should have bought more.

Hope the products your eating aren't Monsanto's. This company is Greedy and will tell you their products won't harm people, But....pigs & cows is a different story. Hope you conscience is bigger than you wallet.
+13 # John Locke 2012-07-05 18:04
phantomww: Don't worry it will get back down to $59 then you can buy more
-9 # phantomww 2012-07-05 21:11
I would take profits before it got back to $59. That is what stop loss is for. Plus 3rd qt profits were up something like 35%.
+1 # John Locke 2012-07-07 09:49
phantomww: My recommendation get out now! They haven't paid off all their judgments yet, the K and Q reports for next year should not bode well!

I do understand your investment strategy Monsanto like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs will always be around as they are so entrenched in our government...I just would not buy them personally!
+21 # cascadian12 2012-07-05 18:48
Just shows you're a parasite making money on death and destruction.
+2 # reiverpacific 2012-07-05 22:46
Quoting phantomww:
My biggest concern is that I bought Monsato at $59 and it is now over $83 a share. I should have bought more.

This comment is about as toxic as Monsteranto and wouldn't merit a response except I hope you can eat your shares (as in "Let them eat cake").
Try a few Fukushima-pills while you are at it; might be a good investment possibility there if packaged just so.
+5 # Mrcead 2012-07-06 05:03
So, when Monsanto gets tried for crimes against humanity by the world court, as a part owner, what percentage of the punishment would you ultimately be responsible for?
-1 # phantomww 2012-07-06 15:07
1. They will never be tried for crimes against humanity so it is a mute point.
2. Even if they were the answer would be the same percentage as you.
0 # John Locke 2012-07-07 09:52
Mrcead: Corporate shareholders have no risk, they can't be help liable for money judgments against the company
0 # Mrcead 2012-07-10 07:08
Who said anything about money judgements?
+10 # RLF 2012-07-06 07:07
Then you can eat their crap. I want it labeled so it can be avoided. I have a right to know what I'm eating.
-3 # phantomww 2012-07-06 15:05
And who gave you that right? Maybe you should only eat things that you grow just to be safe.
+3 # John Locke 2012-07-07 09:55
phantomww: You over stepped here, we all have right to know what we are being sold...

We also have a right to be protected by the FDA from contaminated foods and this is really what Monsanto is selling, if this were not true Cows and Pigs would not be dying, and people would not be suffering organ failure related to these products!
0 # soularddave 2012-07-07 06:33
You should hope that the BT resistant root worm doesn't eat into your profits.
+11 # Douglas Jack 2012-07-05 16:27
Genetically modified crops are not tested, not labelled, not natural & not productive. 'Indigenous' (Latin = 'self-generatin g') 3-dimensional Polyculture (trees, bushes, vines, vegetables, mushrooms etc) such as Hawaiians cultivated pre-US occupation are 100 times (10,000%) more productive than 2-D 'agriculture' (L 'ager' = 'field').
+41 # newsmom 2012-07-05 16:33
The following is the letter i sent to monsanto after reading this article:

No matter how much money you give to honorable causes; no matter how many pretty commercials you produce for television; no matter how many parks you build or academic chairs you endow, Monsanto can never escape the fact that it is a major polluter and that it permits toxic runoff in areas where the population is least able to fight back. No matter how many lawyers you assign to silence your critics, you (after all, the SCOTUS has said that as a corporate entity you are a person) will always remain, in my mind, criminally negligent in your dealings with farmers who reject your disgusting genetically modified crops -- and any food additives associated with them-- and with an uninformed and unsuspecting buying populace. I live on Social Security and pensions and would rather modify my shopping and eating habits than knowingly contribute to Monsanto revenue. None of your corporate good works compensate for the damage you do to food throughout the United States and the Third World. By the way: if your GMOs are harmless, why not allow them to be identified as such? Could it be that the puppy you placed on the Supreme Court spent his time cleverly crafting legal screeds that would protect you when determined citizens began to peel back the layers of your corporate deceptions?
+14 # X Dane 2012-07-06 00:06
Good for you, newsmom. Please send it to news papers also. People everywhere need to be made aware of what Monsanto does.
+9 # WestWinds 2012-07-06 03:56
Hear! Hear, Newsmom!

You hit the nail smack on the head; their good works is nothing but lipstick on a pig and more of the same old corporate magic show of watch over here while we screw the world over there.
+2 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 12:57
I have sent some really bad letters, emails, etc. I half expected Monsanto to bring a lawsuit against me, the way they have done to small farmers. I have also sent to all of our Government agencys. And no response. But I will keep it up. I will hound them and the more people who do, the more they are going to have to listen at some point. Monsanto has been told by most of the European Union to not even dare try to bring their crap into their countries. I know for a fact that the U.K requires ALL items with or without GMO's to be labled as such. On my many visits and I do shop in their grocery stores, I have yet to anything with "contains GMO'S". Everything I have seen says "GMO FREE".
+10 # Lisa Moskow 2012-07-05 16:39
Phantomww, Sell NOW!

I hear that all papayas over there are now tainted with Monsanto seed. Ick!
+2 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 13:33
What about the pineapple?
+18 # oakes721 2012-07-05 16:58
Despite World Wide Protests, Proven Dangers and Demands for Labeling Frankenfoods, Government Agencies March Lockstep With Monsanto's Insane Plight.
+5 # WestWinds 2012-07-06 04:02
We need to derail Monsanto's stranglehold on the world and only support the First Nation people and their "seed library".

If we all only buy our seeds from the First Nation folks, we will not only be supporting some really sane people but helping ourselves to truly good and nutritious foods that are home grown.

I am not a grower; never have been, but I'm going to learn and I've already sent for my composting container where I'll collect scraps from my kitchen and turn it back into nutrients for my garden (and save the plastic "scrap bags" that end up strangling the dolphins in that oceanic trash dump bigger than Texas that they've got going in the Pacific!)
0 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 13:36
Love that term "FRANKENFOODS" I will have to remember that.
+16 # jayjay 2012-07-05 17:09
So you bought MonSATO???? Looks like your spelling is as bad as your conscience.
-6 # phantomww 2012-07-05 21:06
wow, the typing/spelling police are out in force today. lol

Guess you would want me to sell my Altria and Phillip Morris stock also. Hope I spelled them correctly. Normally I just type MO and PMI and MON. Is it okay to have oil stocks also?
0 # John Locke 2012-07-07 10:00
phantomww: Sure go ahead live!
try XOM, BP and PTR they have always done well!
+8 # Mrcead 2012-07-05 17:27
There's that word again "deregulation." Maybe when these Monsanto clowns are finally clapped in irons we "deregulate" what we consider to be cruel and unusual punishment.
+5 # WestWinds 2012-07-06 04:04
Yes, we'll make them eat only their own food and see how they like being poisoned and then starved when there are no second growing season for their GE seeds.
+1 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 13:06
Yes, good idea. Make sure the Legislature,Con gress and the Supreme Court have only GMO food available for them in their kitchens. I bet they all start taking their lunch in a little brown bag. :D
+2 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 13:03
Yes, DEREGULATION seems to be the main topic for discussion with the Repubs. and some Dems as well. They try to tell you that deregulation is bad for businesses and jobs...bulls**t . They use that excuse to cover their asses for taking bribes from Monsanto and many other corporations. Obviously none of these Corporations can police themselves, so we have to have regulations. Monsanto is a good example of what happens when these Corps. go un-checked.
0 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 13:31
I call on all the folks here to go to the Monsanto web site and have a look. Check out their list of board of directors...I believe McDonalds has a member on the board...that way you can direct your tirate to one person and then boycott that company.Also, there is a list of seed companies in YOUR area...I emailed them as well...although most of the seed companies are OWNED by Monsanto
0 # soularddave 2012-07-07 06:38
Quoting Mrcead:
There's that word again ... "deregulate" what we consider to be cruel and unusual punishment.

Samuel Alito and the Supremes did that years ago.
+9 # reiverpacific 2012-07-05 18:41
8.000 Acres in Ohahu???
That's a HUGE amount of land on an island and in a state where land is at a premium and they are using it to poison other precious land and the fragile, natural tropical species (and the pollinating bees) like orchids.
I'm sure that they have their usual huge staff of lawyers or threat-mongers and lobbyists at the state and national level though, burrowing under the back doors of politician's offices.
Wonder if they've contaminated Dole's Banana estates yet (as if they didn't throw enough pesticides around there already).
Eho'omaikå i Hawaiian people and push them out.
+5 # WestWinds 2012-07-06 04:16
The kamaaina were forced off their lands under the Bishop and Campbell Trusts to make way for the transfer of the land into the hands of privatized corporations like "Southwest". This should be kapu.
+4 # T4D 2012-07-05 20:34
I understand why Monsanto is willing to pay a huge price to be able to experiment year around. We at John Deere spent our winters plowing bare desert in the South West.

BUT, BUT, BUT, I know Hawaii well enough to know they need every viable square foot of soil to grow enough to eat. If they need to spend fortunes to import food, just stand up on your hind legs and buy the BASTARDS OUT!!!
+2 # WestWinds 2012-07-06 04:24
Why "buy" them out? They have what they have because of lying, cheating and stealing from the locals.

More bettah send 'em out Aiea Q.S., way and nev-vah let 'em lolo's out again, braddah!
+3 # Street Level 2012-07-06 00:26
They're trying to jam GMO's into the farm bill that would unleash GMO's and bypass judicial review. "
The rider would strip federal courts of their authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous GE crop and compel USDA to allow continued planting of that same crop upon request. Wrapped in a “farmer-friendl y” package, the so-called “farmer assurance provision” represents a serious assault on the fundamental safeguards..."
Read and sign the petition!
0 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 13:09
You are correct and I will go there and sign. Thanks.
+2 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 13:12
This statement appears at the end of the article.
"Fortunately, GE crops are not permitted in organic food production". But how can we be sure that GMO tainted pollin will NOT corrupt Organic farms as it blows accross the fields???? Does anyone know?
+1 # Street Level 2012-07-06 23:18
It's going to be an ongoing problem. Some farmers don't have adequate acreage for a "buffer zone" and Monsanto comes in and sues the farmer for patent infringement.

I don't know how the Organic farmers manage, plenty have lost the fight.
+8 # jammer5 2012-07-06 00:38
When food stocks in this country collapse, monsanto will have had a major hand in it. From suyper bugs to super weeds caused by monsanto's GE seeds, the destruction of food crops is inevitable. This, and the rest of the companies putting out GE food and seeds need to be stopped. It's time for the political money to be spent electing real humans and not the bought and paid for scum inhabiting washington now.
+1 # DHa7763100 2012-07-06 13:17
Oh, and it's not just GMO seeds it's also the seeds that are soaked in ROUNDUP(a simple way to put it). Now the insects are becoming immune to ROUNDUP and Monsanto wants to use a chemical that was used in Agent Orange. You know that stuff that they sprayed all over Vietnam to kill the jungles, the hiding place for the VietCong. And remember what it did to so many VietNam Vets?

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