Richard Ha of Hamakua Springs Country Farms was a guest on Hawaii Public Radio’s The Conversation, where he discussed concerns from the point of view of a farmer regarding Hawaii County Council Bill 113.
Alan Titchenal, Ph.D., C.N.S., and Joannie Dobbs, Ph.D., C.N.S., nutritionists in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii-Manoa, answer common questions about genetically engineered foods.
E. Alan Kennett, the former president and manager of Gay & Robinson – a major land owner on Kauai, recently submitted an op-ed to The Garden Island, which notes many concerns about proposed legislation regulating GMO and pesticide use on Kauai.
A recent article published in The Garden Island detailed the economic impact of seed companies on Kauai. “Beyond that, they contribute to agricultural diversification and help to keep land in agriculture that might otherwise be used for other, nonagricultural purposes,” noted J. Kenneth Grace, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean and Director for Research at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Dr. Maria Gallo, dean of the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), details the benefits of GMOs and argues that Hawaii should embrace technology. She writes, “In Hawaii, we produce only 13 percent of our food, and import the remainder. Our primary goal should be to increase the food supply in an environmentally and economically sound manner. To do that, we need all the safe tools that organic, conventional and GM farming can provide.”
The editorial board at Scientific American recently published an op-ed regarding mandatory labeling of products containing GMOs. The article states, “Instead of providing people with useful information, mandatory GMO labels would only intensify the misconception that so-called Frankenfoods endanger people’s health.”
Jon Entine, executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project and a senior fellow at the Center for Health & Risk Communication and STATS (Statistical Assessment Service) at George Mason University, recently debunked several outrageous claims made in Caitlin Shetterly’s long feature, “The Bad Seed: The Health Risks of Genetically Modified Corn,” in Elle. Mr. Entine concludes by writing, “If Elle has the journalistic integrity that it claims for itself, Ms. Meyers would withdraw the Shetterly piece and publish an article that sets the record straight.”
Civil Beat today shared a video about the how the biotechnology helped save the papaya industry and support local small papaya farmers. They talk with Dr. Dennis Gonsalves, a local boy who lead a team of scientists to develop a genetically modified papaya that could resist the ring spot virus. The virus could have potentially devastate the papaya industry in Hawaii. Civil Beat also speaks with Alberto Belmes, a Hawaii papaya farmer since 1983, who tells his story of having his papaya fields wiped out from the ring spot virus.
The editorial board at the Capitol Press noted that the GMO-labelling scheme pushed by activists has ulterior motives. They ultimately want to ban GMOs, which could have devastating effects on the world’s food supply.