Well, here we are at another Friday, the week previous being a huge one in Hawaii politics. Our incumbent Governor, Neil Abercrombie was hugely defeated at the Democratic Party primary and for the first time in recorded history for Hawaii an incumbent gets tossed out like this. “Neil” as he is known but friends and foes alike made lots of enemies past few years. after a lifetime of keeping his head below the parapets he stood up and declared hisself and got smashed. Life has a way of doing that to all of us. Donchatink?
Anyway, here for your enjoyment is a a Friday Night Offering from the Big Island Conspiracy:
Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of American farmland. We grow more soybeans than any other country except Brazil. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides, nearly all of them involving one called Roundup. Organic production, by contrast, is marginal—it accounts for less than 1 percent of total American acreage devoted to soy. (The remaining 9 percent or so of soybeans are conventionally grown, but not genetically modified.)
Go here to read the full artcle: Monsanto GM Soy Is Scarier Than You Think
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.”