The Poisoning of Hawaiian Soil by GMO and AgriBiz, Part 2

DuPont/pioneer’s agribusiness fields above Kauai’s westside town of Waimea. More than a hundred residents are party to a lawsuit alleging health problems due to pesticide & herbicide drift.

Photo and caption by Wayne Jacintho

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There is intense debate over the effect of the giant corporations such as Dow and Monsanto and the effect that their GMO/chemical/poison activities are having on Hawaiian land, water, people, and other living beings.

One thing that gave me pause was the group of uber environmentalists in my neck of the woods (such as the Environmental Action Committee) who have shut down the sustainable, local, organic Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, and basically seek to curtail any hunting, fishing, and farming on public land


In asking around here, one very articulate person said that although he didn’t trust the chemical companies, he felt that their opponents (enviros) were often cooking the figures in their opposition to agribiz. “If they keep crying wolf, the wolf is gonna come eat us,” is how he put it. He said there needs to be more research and it needs to be more nuanced.

Fair enough, another person said, but on the other side, the chemical companies are consistently lying. I haven’t researched the issue at depth, but intuition tells me there is something seriously wrong going on here. Look into it if you’re interested. Here are 2 references from Wayne Jacintho:

Summary in Huffington post:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrea-brower/gmos-kauai-tpp_b_3883371.html

This looks to be fairly balanced committee—just set up:

https://thegardenisland.com/news/local/members-selected-for-gmo-pesticide-study/article_db4d6042-a846-11e4-b87f-7f3cc8ce7d39.html?_dc=322015724610.5373

I asked Wayne who are the people battling Dow, Monsanto, et al. He replied:”Anyone who

 cares about human health and the environment, about people and creatures being poisoned, about clean water and air and soil.”

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

4 Responses to The Poisoning of Hawaiian Soil by GMO and AgriBiz, Part 2

  1. In Wyoming, Taking A Photo Of A Polluted Stream Could Land You In Jail
    A new law in Wyoming makes citizen science a crime. – The measure prevents anyone from collecting data about the environment without first getting permission from the landowner or manager. Environmentalists think the piece of legislation might be designed to protect powerful interests from lawsuits
    This is wrong
    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/13/3657795/wyoming-pollution-photography-jail-time/

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