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GMO-Bananas are Going Into Human Trials – Why This Won’t End Well

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Living Maxwell by Max Goldberg Credit: USDA I am not sure why it is but so many people, myself included, have an incredibly strong emotional attachment to bananas. This love for bananas extends to all parts of the world, and I saw this first-hand when I visited a banana plantation in Costa Rica. In fact, people who dedicate their life’s work to bananas are affectionately called bananeros. So, when I heard the news that the world’s richest man and

GMO Companies Are Dousing Hawaiian Island with Toxic Pesticides

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Grist by Paul Koberstein Taro field on Kauai Credit: Rod Ramsey WAIMEA, HAWAII — The island of Kauai, Hawaii, has become Ground Zero in the intense domestic political battle over genetically modified crops. But the fight isn’t just about the merits or downsides of GMO technology. It’s also about regular old pesticides. The four transnational corporations that are experimenting with genetically engineered crops on Kauai have transformed part of the island into one of most

Second Lawsuit Filed Against County’s Anti-GMO Law

Friday, June 13th, 2014 by Dave Smith Papaya Credit: Forest & Kim Starr A lawsuit was filed in federal court Monday challenging the Hawaii County law restricting the use of genetically engineered crops on the Big Island. The lawsuit filed by four agricultural organizations, a floral business and four individuals said the law is pre-empted by both state and federal law and also violates the US and Hawaii constitutions. It asks the court to issue an injunction preventing

Pesticide and GMO Companies Spend Big in Hawai’i

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The Mom Hui – No GMOs; Credit: P. A. H. PR Watch by Rebekah Wilce Hawai’i has become “ground zero” in the controversy over genetically modified (GMO) crops and pesticides. With the seed crop industry (including conventional as well as GMO crops) reaping $146.3 million a year in sales resulting from its activities in Hawai’i, the out-of-state pesticide and GMO firms Syngenta, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Dow Chemical, BASF, and Bayer CropScience have brought substantial sums of corporate cash into the state’s relatively small political arena.

eNews 6.7.14: Ib Hagsten on GMOs, Pesticides in Organics, Young Farmers and more

Friday, June 6th, 2014