GMO bill: What next

Last blog on this amazingly brief live blogging session. Council wrapped it all up very fast. The question was called and seconded before anyone could call for discussion. The only pro-GMO person at the Hilo Council Room, Dr. Dennis Gonsalves,(father of GMO papaya) made a quick exit, harangued by one GMO supporter as he headed down the hall.
Discussion among the pro-bill, anti-GMO people here after the meeting focused on what happens next–whether there will be a legal challenge, whether the state will try to assert that its jurisdiction over the counties on this issue, whether Mayor Billy Kenoi will veto the bill–especially the last. The vote on the bill was six to three, with Ilagan, Yoshimoto and Onishi voting against. For a veto to hold up, one more council member would have to switch votes. Anti-GMO types are already discussing strategies for lobbying Kenoi and giving positive feedback to Council supporters.
The three council members who voted against the bill:

4 replies
  1. punated
    punated says:

    The bill becomes a law which bans all genetic engineered fruits and vegetables from Hawaii county representing all of Hawaii island — except existing rainbow papaya and some corn fields up north, but no more corn, and all the thousands of products that already use multiple genetic engineered versions of wheat, soy, and corn. There is no more new genetic engineering of fruit, vegetable and flowers allowed. This means genetic engineering of chimera is still allowed. Any small farmer that violates this law is found guilty of being a criminal and so sentenced.

    The net effect of this new law is that Monsanto stings every time another small local farmer tries to farm a genetically engineered variety that is legal in 49 other states and passed FDA and Department of Agriculture approvals, is sentenced to a massive daily fine, to be collected for the county’s coffers, creating another cash pool to “fairly” disperse. It also means the paranoid fear that not having this law left the gates wide open for a huge Monsanto invasion isn’t needed anymore, since whatever little investment being made to business, research and education will gradually taper off to nothing. Since the import of GMO is not banned, the business will move to shoving more import products to this island, from 35% to 50% or more. That is why they are expanding the pier, to be able to bring more import items, a lot of it is food, at higher and faster volume. The small farmers that can’t be competitive without some genetic engineered variant will just quit farming, and then you will see the unused farm fields just like after sugar cane collapsed.

  2. NeighborWatch
    NeighborWatch says:

    maybe we’ll see a lot more people with their hands in the dirt. Getting grounded. Not going for the slick
    willy mainland style propaganda paid for by Monsanwho?

    They did the same thing in Calif. to defeat the GMO labeling bill.
    They talk down to the masses and say “A Very Vocal Minority” watch out they’ll slip the “T” word in there soon to marginalize those smart enough to do THEIR OWN research and KNOW that BAD science is not good.

    Those complaining are those who profit from poison. It’s strange people have been living off this land long before Monsanto, or even Matson.

    But those who want HEALTHY NUTRIENT RICH PRODUCE prefer organic to a tasteless cardboard tasting tomato the likes of which come out of Waimea. I would put up the heirloom tomatoes one can buy from any of these small local organic farmers at a farmer’s market.

    All that fake food is going into all the local fast food, and that crap is just killing people. Yea they aren’t dropping dead after a meal but the obesity in the people I see walking through store isles buy the GMO fodder tells another story.

    In their little spiel they say..
    ” we support all agriculture, GMO, conventional, and organic. We can co-exist and work together.”

    Yea why is that not working out on the mainland ANYWHERE Monsanto has it’s tentacles into???

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