Amidst the wonders and beauty of this part of the world, I find a fierce battle raging between concerned residents and corporate chemical/poison interests. There are 2 sides to the controversy, I’ve learned. I asked Wayne Jacintho, a Kauai photographer, who are the people against the GMO/poison folks; he replied: “Everybody who cares about people and creatures that are being poisoned, everybody who cares about clean water and air and soil and the ocean…”
On the other side are the chemical companies, and locals who need jobs.
Here is a letter written by Wayne this summer to a local paper in southwest Kauai:
FEEDING THE WORLD
In Aug. 3rd’s Garden Island, yet another letter proclaiming the chemical companies’ noble reason for existence: feeding the world. And the heartrending revelation, by a Dow Chemical testifier the night of July 31st, that they, in conjunction with Bill & Melinda Gates, are developing a drought-resistant sorghum for some African country or countries. Yay!
Then, unwanted, unbidden questions arose, extinguishing the thumping koom-bah-yah in my heart.
I ask that gentleman to answer these questions, if only to restore the almost unbearable lightness I felt upon first hearing his stirring words:
1. Will these sorghum seeds be given, or will they be sold, to these people?
2. Will these plants at maturity have viable seeds, or will a ‘terminator’ gene have shut them down?
3. If the resultant seeds are viable, will those farmers be able to save some for replanting, or will they be punished if they try to do so?
4. If these farmers are not allowed to save and replant “their” seeds, will they have to buy each year’s seed from you?
5. Can these seeds be grown without special needs, or do these farmers have to buy Dow Chemical herbicide, pesticide, and synthetic fertilizers for which these seeds may have been “engineered”?
6. If these farmers have to buy these seeds, (and, if necessary, other Dow chemicals), and if there are unforseen disasters, natural or otherwise, and they then fall into debt to Dow Chemical, what will be the fate of these farmers and their lands?
Please answer straightforwardly, with source references.
Naturally, Wayne never got an answer.
See my post here of 2 months ago: https://www.lloydkahn.com/?s=roundup