Action Alert! Support Hawaii Organic Farms

Action Alert Support Organic Hawaii farms

Recently Hawaii became the first state in the US to pass legislation providing tax breaks for local farmers to offset the cost of getting certified organic! This bill would allocate up to $50,000 to each qualifying farm operation to cover such expenses as organic certification costs and equipment, for example.

Hawaii governor David Ige hasn’t yet decided whether he will sign it into law. You can take action and tell governor David Ige why it’s a great idea to have more organic farms in Hawaii, so he can sign this bill into law!

Here are some good reasons to support this cause, which would create: #1. more availability of certified organic/healthy food! #2. cheaper/sustained prices on organic (more supply = price goes down) #3. better for the environment and health!! These 3 reasons alone are a huge incentive to sign this legislation into law!

TAKE ACTION! Submit your comments to Gov. David Ige by June 27 deadline IN SUPPORT of “HB1689” HERE!

Mahalo to Hawaii representative Chris Lee, Hawaii Center for Food Safety and all those who support these positive changes!

Updates on this measure are published here

Earth Day 2016 Events in Hawaii

Earth Day 2016 is officially on Friday, April 22nd. Additionally, many Earth Day events in Hawaii will take place on other days during the second half of April. This year’s Earth Day theme is Trees for the Earth! Here’s a growing list of Earth Day events scheduled to take place across Hawaii. If you know of another event that we missed, just let us know and we’ll add it! 🙂


Oahu

UH Mānoa Earth Day

Friday, April 22 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: University of Hawaii Mānoa Campus Center and Legacy Pathway

Annual Earth Day Celebration at UH Manoa including food, activities, live music, and information, all in the name of sustaining our planet! An annual tradition promoting sustainability efforts on-campus and in the community to foster networking, involvement and inspiration.

Mauna to Makai Earth Day at Waikiki Aquarium

Saturday, April 23 9am-4:30pm (Free Admission!)
Location: The Waikiki Aquarium
This event will highlight the impact we make on water sources from Mauka to Makai. The Waikiki Aquarium and 15 other organizations will provide educational activities for both children and adults on how to preserve and protect our diverse environment.

The North Shore Country Market

Saturday, April 23rd, 8am-2pm
Location: Sunset Beach Elementary School
The North Shore Country Market is a non-profit market dedicated to sustainability and community. NSCM will be hosting an Earth Day celebration on April 23rd from 8-2pm across from Pipeline at the Sunset Beach Elementary School. NSCM will be having a plant and seed swap for community members to bring and trade seeds, plants and cuttings with others. NSCM also have organic plants for sale from Lokahi nursery, local produce, food, live music, yoga at 11am, keiki activities and more!

Yoga for Earth Day

Saturday, April 23 at 2pm – 4pm
Location: Still & Moving Center
1024 Queen St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Cost: $30 or $50 for two if you bring a friend. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter.

In celebration of Earth Day, join us in an exploration of how the teachings of yoga can guide us to be better stewards of the planet and help us to acknowledge both our love and pain for the world. We will also learn about and honor threatened and endangered native Hawaiian animals through a short asana practice and cultivate interconnectedness and loving kindness towards the world through guided meditations. This workshop is for anyone who would like to become more empowered to become better activists on behalf of our island Earth. Native plants sale provided by Hui Ku Maoli Ola.

Waimanalo Beach Park Earth Day Cleanup and Ultimate Sand Sifter Competition

Saturday, April 30, 9am-2pm
Location: Waimanalo Beach Park

9:00am – check in, 9:30am-12:00pm – Clean Up, 12:00pm-2:00pm – live music, games, and more!
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and Partners bring you the 2016 Earth Day Cleanup and Ultimate Sand Sifter Competition. Everyone is invited! Check in is at 9AM at Waimanalo Beach Park. Winners receive a $1,000 prize and all entrants get a goodie bag!


Maui

2016 Maui Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 17, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Cost: $7 entrance fee, kids free
Location: Ke‘opuolani Park Amphitheater, behind the Maui Nui Botanical Garden
19th annual Maui Earth Day will be celebrating with two stages of live music, information booths and a silent auction. There will be food booths providing delicious, healthy foods and vendors offering all kinds of eco friendly products and a healing zone with massage therapists, intuitive healers and body workers. There will be a Keiki Parade and much more!


Kauai

Earth Day Rising VI

Sunday, April 24, all day
Location: Malama Kauai Community Farm in Kalihiwai Ridge
Cost: $15 advanced donation online, $25 donation at door, keiki 16 and under FREE

The 6th annual Earth Day Rising Festival will have workshops and panels on sustainable living, agriculture, and conservation, farm kids activities, clothing swap tent, seed and plant giveaway, music, food, and more!


Big Island

Earth Day at Kahakai Elementary Kona Hawaii

Friday, April 22nd

Painted Trees of Hawaii will be planting 250 eucalyptus trees to celebrate Earth Day. Special guest, Kelly Dunn, fine art photographer will give a presentation to the students about these beautiful trees.

SHOCKING! GMO “Vaccine Bananas” Will Vaccinate People

GMO vaccine bananas

GMO Vaccine Bananas: Yum, Yuk, or Yikes?

If GMOs weren’t controversial enough, here’s a real shocker: A genetically modified banana is being developed that will vaccinate people who eat it!

GMO vaccine bananas are being developed as part of a relatively new field of biotechnology called Molecular Pharming. Molecular Pharming is basically growing GMO crops for production of pharmaceutical ingredients, including consumable vaccines, such as the genetically modified vaccine banana, vaccine tomato, and vaccine potato.

Dr. Charles Arntzen of Arizona State University is the father of the GMO vaccine banana. His original, dystopian vision is: “a communal (GMO) banana tree where villagers could dose themselves.” (Source: JYI)

Given the fact that GMOs aren’t labeled in the U.S. and the fact that non-approved GMO crops like the GMO wheat have been commercially grown and sold in the marketplace, it only increases the chance that people may unknowingly consume GMO banana vaccine in the near future.

Combine the aforementioned with the fact that the Gates Foundation is behind the GMO Banana21 program, it’s notorious history of vaccinations and you have another very good reason to avoid GMOs, especially GMO bananas. Learn how to avoid GMO bananas here.

“Gates Polio Vaccine has caused 47,000 more Polio paralyses than normal.” – Issues in Medical Ethics

Gates Polio Vaccine has caused 47,000 more Polio paralyses than normal - "Issues in Medical Ethics"

GMO Vaccine Bananas: definitely yuk and yikes!

GMO Compass, which is a European pro-GMO mouthpiece, that also promotes cancer-causing Glyphosate, says the following about the GMO banana vaccine:

“Vaccine bananas are expected to be used for the production of vaccines. For that purpose, DNA sequences of specific disease proteins are channelled into the banana genome. By consuming these bananas, the immune system builds antibodies to the pathogen proteins and accrues protection by vaccination. Research for vaccine bananas against hepatitis B, jaundice, cholera, polio, rubella/measles and diarrhea is being done. These (GMO) bananas are expected to be introduced in countries in which classical vaccine campaigns are only performed with difficulty.” – Source: www.gmo-compass.org

Classical vaccines are the ones done by injection through the needle. This is how most vaccines are still delivered today. Given the massive social awareness about science-backed, statistics-backed vaccine dangers, we can conclude that it will be more and more difficult to “perform classical vaccine campaigns” in countries where this awareness flourishes. Mainstream media calls this ever-expanding segment of society the “anti-vaxxers” – people who are opposed to vaccinations. Was Gandhi one of them?

Freedom of Choice vs. Medical Tyranny

The government is becoming more desperate to vaccinate people, not only by increasing the number of ‘recommended’ vaccines for children and adults, but making them mandatory by law. Such is the case in California, the most populous state in the U.S., where governor Jerry Brown signed a highly controversial mandatory vaccination bill SB277 into law in 2015. This law takes away people’s basic human right to say “no” to vaccinating their child, even if vaccination is against their religious or personal beliefs. A clear assault on personal liberty and freedom of choice.

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Speaking of civil liberties, most people don’t know that Gandhi was not only political, but also very health conscious. He even wrote a book on health called “Key to Health,” which was published in 1948 and is now available as a free download. This is what Mahatma Gandhi said about the practice of vaccinations: “Vaccination is a barbarous practice and one of the most fatal of all the delusions current in our time. Conscientious objectors to vaccinations should stand alone, if need be, against the whole world, in defense of their conviction.”

Since 1988, the U.S. government paid out over $3.2 billion to eligible Americans injured by vaccines, according to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

It’s rational to understand that injecting heavy metals like aluminum, mercury, preservatives like phenol and Polysorbate 80, and virus proteins (including GMO strains) is not good for human bodies. People read food ingredient labels, but unfortunately not many read vaccine ingredients, which go directly into their blood and tissue.

Mercury and Aluminum - toxic heavy metals present in vaccines

Mercury and Aluminum – toxic heavy metals present in vaccines

Symptoms of Aluminum toxicity

Symptoms of Aluminum toxicity

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) caused by the flu vaccine

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) caused by the flu vaccine

Conclusion: avoid GMO Bananas and other GMO food

There is an increasing likelihood that GMO vaccine bananas, as well as other genetically modified food, such as vaccine potatoes and tomatoes may accidentally or intentionally enter the mainstream food supply without any label in the U.S.

Therefore, it would be prudent to start avoiding non-organic bananas (and other foods not tested for GMO contamination), as they may vaccinate you or your loved ones without your knowledge.

In addition, you can learn how to grow at least some of your own organic food and build up your immune system by: eating more wholesome, fresh, nutritious food, drinking clean water, getting good exercise, avoiding synthetic chemicals, getting enough sunshine, and proper sleep.

GMO food dangers

GMO Bananas and How to Avoid Them

GMO bananas coming soon!

Several GMO banana varieties are currently being developed around the world and have already been approved for experimental growing in field trials in the US (Hawaii), Israel, Australia, and Uganda. Commercial use of genetically modified bananas for food and vaccination purposes is expected in the near future. The Gates Foundation has invested a large interest in developing GMO bananas in Uganda known as the Banana21 program.

One GMO banana variety being developed and tested is the common Cavendish banana. The other GMO banana is the East African Highland banana locally known as Matooke – a staple food of Uganda. The highly controversial Vaccine Banana is also in development.

Most people in developed nations are used to seeing the familiar Cavendish bananas in grocery stores. They often come from Ecuador and other South American countries. These bananas are usually grown by Dole and Chiquita brands. Non-organic Cavendish bananas are known to lack taste. What’s worse is they may have been grown with highly toxic pesticides such as DBCP and irradiated.

Check out the Bananas* movie, which is banned in the U.S. and the Big Boys Gone Bananas* for more info. These documentaries expose how the non-organic bananas are grown with super toxic chemicals that cause infertility (DBCP) and the lawsuits that followed against Dole, Dow, and the filmmaker, as a result. Organically grown Cavendish bananas are sweet and much healthier for you and the planet.

Cavendish Bananas on the cover of Bananas* movie

Cavendish Bananas on the cover of Bananas* movie

GMO bananas to the rescue.. or?

A new strain of the Panama fungal disease (F. oxysporum) called Tropical Race 4 (TR4) is quickly spreading across the world and putting the South American banana monoculture industry at risk, where 80% of Cavendish bananas are grown. Hence, the GMO Cavendish banana is promoted as the solution by the biotech industry, as it’s supposed to be resistant to the fungal disease.

A GMO version of the Matooke banana, also known as the East African Highland banana is being promoted in Uganda by the Gates Foundation. The Matooke banana is a cooking banana, which is also a staple food in Uganda.  The GMO Matooke banana was developed in Australia and field tested in the U.S. and Uganda.

The supposed benefit of the GMO Matooke banana is a better nutritional profile of the essential pro-vitamin A and iron when compared to non-gmo bananas, but in Uganda not everyone is happy about it. The introduction of the GMO Matooke banana has sparked an anti-GMO row in Uganda. GMO banana opponents insist that health risks and environmental impacts are unknown. They warn that multinational corporations behind GMO foods take advantage of local governments and farmers.

How to avoid GMO bananas!

The World of Bananas in Hawaii: Then and Now (book)

The World of Bananas in Hawaii: Then and Now (book)

Solution #1

Since GMOs are not labeled in the U.S. the safest thing to do is to avoid them by buying certified organic Cavendish bananas. Certified organic bananas are certified to be non-gmo, have better taste, and are ecologically better for the environment and for those who grow them, since synthetic chemicals like the highly toxic DBCP may not be used.

Solution #2

Try other types of bananas, such as the excellent Apple Bananas, Saba, Ice cream, or the Cuban Red variety. Farmers markets, natural grocery stores such as Down to Earth, Wholefoods, and Kokua Market in Hawaii are usually a good place to find them. You can also grow your own organic bananas if you live in a tropical climate. Check out “The World of Bananas in Hawaii: Then and Now,” probably the best book on bananas out there.

Solution #3

Vitamin A is very important for health and there are healthy non-gmo organic alternatives out there that are readily available. The Hawaiian Lele banana is known to contain more vitamin A than any other variety of bananas known. If you live in a tropical climate plant some Lele bananas.

Also, you can get a non-gmo natural source of vitamin A from cooked organic sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, cooked kale, cooked butternut squash, and dried apricots. These foods are known to contain the highest amounts of vitamin A out there.

Non-gmo organic bananas are in the public domain, so that anyone can freely grow them and consume them while avoiding the risks of controversial GMO bananas.

Thai bananas grown in Hawaii

Thai bananas grown in Hawaii

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Bananas at a farmers market

Bananas at a farmers market on Oahu, Hawaii

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Saba bananas grown in Hawaii

Saba bananas grown in Hawaii

Saba bananas

Saba bananas – sweet and rich 🙂

Hawaii Reports Fewest Honey Bee Deaths in the U.S.

Bumble bee pollinating an organic Hawaii Passion Fruit flower (Lilikoi) on a Maui organic farm

The latest national survey of U.S. beekeepers across all states concluded that on average there was a 42.1% loss of honeybees in their colonies in the U.S. The length of survey was one year and it was conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership from April 2014 to April 2015.

Hawaii beekeepers that participated in the survey reported the smallest loss of bees in the U.S. at 13.95%, while the largest loss reported was in Oklahoma with a 63% loss of honeybees.

Map showing Colony Collapse Disorder of honeybees by state

Click the map above or here to find out how your state ranked in honey bee loss

On January 6, 2016 the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) announced that a certain type of neonicotinoid chemical called Imidacloprid can be harmful to honeybees. This toxic chemical was originally produced by Bayer CropScience under trade name Gaucho and is one of the most popular insecticides in the world.

Researchers believe that these agricultural chemicals lead to the death of bees know scientifically as the Colony Collapse disorder. There has been a big social awareness push to ban these bee killing chemicals in agriculture, backyard, lawn and garden stores especially Lowe’s and Home Depot, since they are the biggest national retail chains.

Honeybee wearing a gas mask to protect from toxic chemicals, insecticides

To date, Colony Collapse Disorder has killed tens of millions of honeybees and it’s threatening the existence of most of the food that we eat, which relies on the bees and other beneficial insects to pollinate.

Monarch butterflies is another beneficial and beautiful insect that’s been disappearing as a result of toxic insecticides. GMO seed giant Monsanto, the maker of the infamous RoundUp insecticide and genetically engineered Bt Corn, pledged to donate $4 million in 2015 to help save the Monarch butterflies after being blamed for killing them with toxic farming practices.

Honey bee pollinating Noni (Morinda Citrifolia) in Honolulu, Hawaii organic garden

The best solution that humanity can offer to prevent honeybee loss and save the honeybees, Monarch butterflies, and other beneficial insects is to adopt an organic lifestyle, which prohibits the use of synthetic insecticides in farming, toxic chemicals around the house, garden, and elsewhere.

ALOHA AINA Unity March Waikiki Hawaii | PHOTOS | 2015

Aloha Aina Unity March took place in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii on August 9, 2015. It was a Sunday morning event, with lots of people and groups gathering on Saratoga Avenue. The march started at about 10:30am and went through the entire Waikiki strip. Around 10,000 participated. Crowd turn out was so large that even though Kalakaua Avenue is nearly straight it was impossible to see the beginning or the end of the Aloha Aina Unity March.

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It was also interesting to witness an event of this social magnitude and size against the backdrop of the worlds top luxury brands’ flagship retail stores such as Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, etc. situated on the world’s third most expensive real estate leases – on Kalakaua Avenue ($300/sf/mo).

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Some of the main reasons for the 2015 Aloha Aina Unity March event were: protecting Mauna Kea (the most sacred place in Hawaii and Polynesia) from the largest telescope in the world, social and civil justice (policy brutality sweeping the U.S., U.S. federal government overturning local laws), sustainability, protection against GMO pollution and pesticide drift, as well as upholding local laws against GMOs, TMT development, sovereignty, environmental preservation, and against over-militarization in Hawaii, Japan, and elsewhere.

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Lots of people brought their families including little kids, newborns, and the elderly. Kids were helping out and passing out information flyers about the event. Many children made their own signs in the form of original artwork and writing. They marched alongside their parents many in the front lines of the parade sections, while others were inside the group with their families. Most kids walked while others were carried by their parents, were in a stroller or a cart.

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The whole of Waikiki strip alongside Kalakaua Avenue was teeming with Honolulu police who were riding bicycles up and down the street and regulating the one lane of traffic that was open. Traffic was a nightmare for those unfortunate travelers who didn’t get to be on foot during, before, and after the parade.


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Maui GMO Moratorium

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Maui County GMO Moratorium was ruled invalid by the U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway. It was another clear case of failed Democracy in the U.S. and Hawaii. Majority of residents of Maui County voted in favor of GMO Moratorium to ban GMO use until proven safe. However, on Tuesday, June 30th 2015, Susan Mollway ruled that the ordinance creating the prohibition exceeds the county’s authority and that federal and state laws supersede county laws. Maui County spokesperson said Maui County will abide by the ruling. The ruling, which essentially overturned majority people’s vote in favor of the 1% of farms on Maui – the GMO farms and the chemical biotech corporate giants behind those GMO farms.

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On November 4th, 2014 the people of Maui County voted in favor of the GMO Moratorium, also known as GMO Initiative to ban the cultivation of GMO crops until proven safe. Biotech companies spent around $8 million dollars in an attempt to defeat this bill by confusing the people and applying fraudulent fear tactics to their marketing campaigns using broad untruthful and misleading slogans such as calling the measure a “Farming Ban,” even though there was only a ban on GMO cultivation until proven safe and most of Maui farms don’t grow GMOs.

Maui GMO farms vs. Total Farms

That’s great news for Maui, Hawaii, and even the whole of the U.S. since the fight against the biotech giants is not an easy one, especially due to the fact that they are hand in hand with the federal, as well as other branches of the U.S. government with billions of dollars at their disposal. While GMO labeling measures failed in two other states during the 2014 U.S. general election, the people of Maui were able to really grab the bull by the horns by passing a GMO Moratorium to ban GMOs until proven safe, while spending less than $100,000 on getting the word out, compared to $8 million spent on similar efforts by the biotech giants such as the infamous Monsanto.

Maui County Farms vs. GMO farms by area

Maui GMO ban is not the first time Hawaii voted against GMOs. Recently the Big Island of Hawaii banned the cultivation of any new GMO varieties, while the island of Kauai passed measures to limit GMO technology. The anti-GMO movement is continually growing, as people are becoming more aware of the health risks and other environmental hazards associated with GMOs. Many people who live close to GMO cultivation or have worked with GMOs know first hand that GMO cultivation is a health hazard.

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The biotech industry has immediately filed a lawsuit against the passing of the Maui GMO ban. It will be another fight, but the fact is that the people of Maui County voted in favor of Maui GMO ban and the biotech industry should respect the people’s choice because if they don’t, then they’re not respecting the rules of Democracy and the will of the people.

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One day after the passing of the Maui GMO ban Monsanto Co. and Dow Agrochemicals filed a lawsuit against the Maui GMO ban, a federal judge U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren blocked Maui GMO ban until December 1, 2014. The reason for the lawsuit against the GMO ban and the blocking of the law by the federal judge is that Maui GMO ban would cause irreparable damage to the biotech industry. The reason for upholding the law is that the GMO biotech industry is causing irreparable harm to the health of Maui residents, as well as the ecosystem.

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Hawaii remains the world’s GMO capital, where many new GMO varieties are constantly being developed due to a year-round growing climate and a central location in the Pacific Ocean between Asia and the Americas. However, as more and more people become aware of the dangers of GMOs – more and more people disapprove of GMO and pass laws to protect themselves Hawaii and beyond.

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“Say No to GMO” song!

Say No To GMO by Pasha

Made in Hawaii, played worldwide! 2015 single “Say No to GMO” was written and recorded in Honolulu, Hawaii in 432 Hz frequency – the natural frequency! “Say No To GMO song is dedicated to the Non-GMO organic movement across the world – to all those who stand up for a world free from GMOs in Hawaii and beyond.

Support the artist and the message by downloading “Say No to GMO” song here

Say No to GMO song is acoustic, beachy, happy, feel-good music vibe with a socially conscious message against the use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) written, recorded, and produced by Pasha.

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms – life forms that have been genetically engineered in the lab through artificial insertion and splicing of different genes and DNA. GMO contamination of the food supply and the environment posses great risks to all living things on our planet Earth.

“Say No To GMO” song is dedicated to the anti-GMO movement across the world – an anthem for all those who stand up for their rights to live in a world free of GMOs – to all those who say ‘NO’ to GMO and to all those who grow organic!

You can support the artist and the cause by downloading the song here: http://apple.co/18OsUf4

Spread the message and share it with friends, family, and the world!

Visit Pasha‘s website for more music!

Thank you and Mahalo!

P.S.

Here are the complete lyrics and guitar chords for “Say No to GMO” by Pasha

Say No to Gmo

guitar tuning: A=432 Hz

(A, E, A, D, E-D) / (A, B, A, B, C#, B)

(F#m E)(D)

Say no to gmo

GMOs gotta go

Go Go Go

Say not to gmo

Caz Gmo’s gotta go

Oh Oh

OMG cause it’s GMO

GMO’s gotta go go go

OMG cause it’s GMO

GMO’s gotta go go

No need to panic

Grow your own organic

Yeah, yeah

We can plant a tree

How happy we will be

That the seed is free

Say no to GMO

Gmo’s gotta go

Go Go Go

Say not to gmo

We don’t want it anymore (I don’t want it no more)

Oh Oh

Power to the people that stand up for their right to know

If it’s GMO or not cause GMO’s gotta go Go Go

Stand up for your rights cause if you don’t then GMOs won’t go

Be the change you wanna see in this world and let it flow

Spread the knowledge you’ve been given and let everyone know

That polluting our planet is a big big no

Making people sick for profit is not the way to go

Be the change you wanna see in the world and let it flow

and sing a song called..

Chorus

Bridge

My people got the power

To save this precious flower

Ignorance will fight us

This fight will unite us (D)

Don’t grow no GMO

Caz GMO gonna go

Don’t buy no GMO

and let everyone know

No

No need to panic

Grow your own organic

Yeah, yeah

We can plant a tree

How happy we will be

That the seed is free

Honolulu Community Leaders Testify on Toxic Herbicides in Kapiolani Park

On September 5, 2014 concerned Honolulu community leaders met with Kapiolani park officials for the second time to try to persuade them to stop spraying highly toxic glyphosate containing herbicide chemicals such as Monsanto’s RoundUp and Honcho in Kapiolani park, Hawaii’s largest and oldest public park.

The meeting started at 3pm and took place at the beautiful Paki Hale where Honolulu community leaders spoke out against the use of harmful herbicides in Kapiolani Park. Some of their valuable and informative testimonies were recorded and are available in the videos throughout this article.

Paki Hale at Kapiolani Park | Organic Hawaii

Paki Hale at Kapiolani Park | Organic Hawaii

Among them were doctors, journalists, farmers, gardeners, concerned park users, environmentalists, artists, musicians, and even the director of the Diamond Head Community Garden Association.

She correctly pointed out the fact that it’s illegal to use these and any other harmful non-organic chemicals in all Honolulu Community Garden locations and that Kapiolani park should be no exception. Especially due to the fact that Kapiolani Park is right next to the Diamond Head Community Garden and both the park and the garden are under the management of the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation.

Supporting the ban on harmful chemicals in Kapiolani Park is a no-brainer decision to a health conscious, moral person. Ultimately, we must pass ordinances and laws that would ban the use of toxic chemicals in all Hawaii public parks across all islands. 

🙂 ACTION ALERT: “STOP POISONING KAPIOLANI PARK!” 🙂

Similar actions, ordinances, and laws have already been passed in other U.S. mainland states such as California, Oregon, and Washington where the use of these toxic herbicide chemicals is prohibited in public parks to protect public health as early as 2001 in Seattle, Washington!

Doesn’t Hawaii and it’s people deserve at least the same kind of protection from controversial and infamous chemicals that have been linked to birth defects, autism, cancer, DNA and cell damage, neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s, etc.?

We hope that Kapiolani park officials, the heads of City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Urban Forestry, as well as Hawaii’s political leaders agree that the people of Hawaii deserve to enjoy chemical-free public parks today!