Here is a cartoon I published in the Kauai Garden Island in 1985. This shit has been going on for a long time!Background:Hawaii Wakes Up To Pesticides The US Department of Agriculture plans to eradicate three species of fruit fly in Hawaii by spraying suspected carcinogens and mutagens on the islands.
Eco Terrorists? Who are the real eco-terrorists?
Recently,in Europe, the big Chemical and biotech seed companies such as Sygenta, have been labeled by the people as “eco-terrorists” symbolizing the harm and danger they present to the ecology and environment. These companies in most cases are prohibited from freely doing business in Europe. Because of the dangers corporate seed and pesticide company’s agricultural practices represent to public health and welfare they are heavily regulated and banned by European governments.
Here in Hawaii, with a smarmy slap at reality, the paid representatives for the Chemical and seed corporations have co-opted wording and the branding process before the Hawaiian public “gets it!” A representative of Sygenta wrote that that the law is guilty of “illegitimate targeting” of GMO crops by vandals and and “eco-terrorists!” To my way of thinking, the comedy club has a place for this representative of the real eco-terrorists in the present case. Guess what? Just think about who is applying chemicals with unknown and unresolved ecological results upon the environment? Who is the eco-terrorist?
We have a right know to and should be informed as to what chemical process is used to produce the food we eat. No question about it! Our health and welfare is of first importance.
We should not be collateral damage in the corporate bookkeeping process.
When I first moved from Oahu where I grew up to Kauai in 1981, the first seed companies on the west-side were just getting started. One of the seed company managers lived across the lane from me in a small local enclave. He explained to me at that time that the seed company chose Hawaii to grow seed in because after one season any subsequent 2nd generation corn growing from the original Hawaii seed would not be viable in a colder climate. Money. Control of profits. That is what is important to these agribusiness corporations. Our health and welfare just don’t conveniently fit into the mix.
At the present the really clear and present danger from these genetically engineered crops is their use in tandem with pesticides that get into the plant’s and insect’s epigentic core and require increasingly strong applications of powerful pesticide chemicals.
This is why I think the rules and the regulations bill 2491 put in place are good and speak to the relevant issues of human health and welfare on Kauai as well as elsewhere.
This is a really good article by McClatchey:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will travel next week to Asia with the centerpiece of his planned focus on the region still in limbo amid opposition from his own party and thorny tangles with powerhouse Japan over trade.
The White House has been championing the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership, which – if it can get through Congress _ would expand trade throughout the Pacific Rim and serve as the biggest trade deal in history.
“It’s where the growth in jobs are. It’s where the money is,” said Matthew Goodman, a former Obama administration official who chairs the political economy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington research center. “That’s why we go to Asia.”
Our representative democracy has been on a crash course for corruption ever since the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Citizens United v. FEC back in 2010.
That decision contributed to an explosion in political spending at the national level that’s never been seen before, reaching an estimated $7 BILLION in 2012 elections.
It has come to a point where the only people represented in Washington are those who can pay a high-priced lobbyist and bankroll election campaigns.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC that will eliminate the aggregate limit on campaign contributions, the situation is about to get even worse.
But ‘We the People’ are fighting back.
Full Story Here:Will Fair Elections Return to Hawaii?
There is a good article at The Global Think Tank that speaks to a possible emerging understanding of the importance of the Pacific to global development. As the State of Hawaii we have a dog in that fight as the old saying goes. Here is an excerpt of the essay by Muthiah Alagappa.
President Barack Obama’s trip to Malaysia in late April will be the first visit of a sitting U.S. president since Lyndon Johnson traveled to Kuala Lumpur in 1966. Almost five decades later, Obama’s visit presents an opportunity that should not be squandered by focusing on specific issues related to Malaysia’s internal politics and democratic development. Instead, the moment should be used to cement recent positive developments in U.S.-Malaysia bilateral relations and set the tone for this relationship in the decades ahead.
Go here for the full essay:Obama’s Golden Opportunity in Malaysia