How many stars can you name…how many phases of the moon? Is the tide rising or falling? Name the birds, insects, and plants that live near your home and the food crops that would grow there.
What have we lost? Where are our connections to the land, water, and sky…that show us how to breed plants adapted to local conditions, rotate crops, reduce pests and disease by planting a variety of crops, use plants that repel pests, compost…
We’ve lost our connections partly because of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs promise quick fixes and big profits…but slowly destroy connections and the foundations of life.
Troubling studies show GMOs impact the health of humans, animals, and even vital organisms in the soil. GMO pollen drift can contaminate neighbors’ crops and shut down organic, sustainable farming. GMOs can spread till they are unstoppable…like albezias, mongooses, and coqui frogs. Seed-sharing builds connections…but if you share GMO seeds, you can be sued by multi-million dollar corporations.
If banning GMOs is a mistake, it’s easy to undo. But if allowing GMOs is a mistake, that may be impossible to undo.
Many mahalos to Mayor Kenoi and our County Council for making the difficult but wise decision to ban further GMOs on Hawai’i Island.