Maybe it is just a A’ole GMO thing but changing up words to fit your argument is a common thing with what they say and do. They speak about malama the aina, keiki, and kupuna but then turn around and tell someone who speaks out for biotechnology to drink poison. Gary Hooser constantly was stating that it was 18 tons of pesticides on their stoppoisoningparadise.org site and they all repeated it over and over. All the meanwhile they conveniently forget to mention the actual amount of active ingredient weight was little over 9.89 tons that is used by 4 companies on 5,600 acres. Just the numbers make it sound scary enough but when you really put it into perspective it is really the weight of about 5 average sized cars. That’s the real amount of active ingredients being used by the seed companies on Kauai, not what Hooser and others state. Repetition of these “facts” by these folks start getting them all chanting the mantras of 18 tons, RUPs, but conveniently forget that 49% of RUPs are used by the county itself and another 38% by exterminator companies.
Back several months ago, Andrea Brower started writing editorials for the Star Advertiser focusing on the right to know issue. She has been a long time activist apparently also. Here’s how she listed her credentials on a July 17, 2013 column.
Based on what she say above you get an idea that studying what she’s talking about. Good, that give her more relevancy about the issue for her cause. She also states that she born and raised and educated on Kauai. Wait, but it says that she has a Master of Science from the University of Sussex. Is that on Kauai? Also in the column, the reader gets the impression she’s on the island to “demand for self-determination.” Okay, got it.
Fast Forward 3 months later…
Starting in October, her opinions start coming up on the social media on the Huffington Post . She repeats the same thing about 18 tons and does the same thing that Gary Hooser does, conveniently omitting the real numbers for the sake of fear mongering. When you start looking at her credentials on the HuffPo, it is completely different!
This starts to bring up some interesting questions. How does one go from a PhD in politics and economics of food and agriculture to now a PhD in sociology and that she’s no longer in Kauai as it mentions how she is formerly from Hawaii in a 3 month period? If you look up the sociology department at the University of Auckland, you can even see the curriculum and what other PhD students are studying and her name is not listed. Who are we really hearing from?
**Someone shared with us even more info about her academic background today also. From the Auckland Academia website she lists her info here also, which apparently is more in line with the HuffPo one. Note what she lists as her areas of focus which are completely different from what she listed on the Star Advertiser one. Which one is the truth?**
Well, Andrea and her associates are always accusing the seed industry being liars, corrupt, and dishonest which is why they deserve a right to know. For that matter, they accuse anyone who speaks out against them as such. Well, shouldn’t the public have a right to know who you really are Andrea Brower?
- Where’s the Giving Spirit of Gary Hooser and Club? (hawaiifarmersdaughter.com)
- Kauai mayor vetoes pesticides bill (staradvertiser.com)