Elle Cochran the Gary Hooser of Maui


Once again, a rogue county council member is starting up a witch hunt on another outer island: Maui.  Meet Elle Cochran, who has decided to carry on Gary Hooser’s misinformation of the mob campaign there.

If you take a look at the commenters on there, it is no surprise on what you will find.  Just take a look at the names and where they are from.

Sierra Knight of Los Angeles, California

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Lucy Franco Dreibelbis of Santa Monica, California

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Linda Puppolo of Attleboro, Massachusetts

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Roxana Smith of San Ynez, California

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Some are local people, or so they claim to be.  None appear to be farmers either.

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The sad thing is that with legislation proposed with no evidence or impact study as to why it’s needed, the farmers get targeted with the nastiness of these activists once again and the misinformation campaigns go full swing.

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Courtney Bruch is a well known anti-GMO activist there on Maui, who will do anything to turn other farmers against farmers.  When you’re a part of a group called GMO Free, there’s no such thing as education.  Such a meeting would be futile and a waste of time but note how she slants her comments and already has an agenda set.  A meeting would make NO difference with people like her.

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Then there is a local guy on there posting this kind of stuff on the Maui Farm Bureau’s Facebook page.  Of course they have have been so propagandized by Hooser and his “18 tons of RUPS” quotes that really distort the facts, which is just over half that amount and little over the size of Obama’s Presidential limousine’s weight.

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Then there is this letter to the editor of the Maui Weekly by a Deborah May from Makawao.

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This gem obviously shows her chemophobia, which is a common occurrence among the A’ole mob and shows their lack of science understanding.  Little does she know that her own plants that she grows likely have chemicals in it and so does the manure that she uses.

Then there is the SHAKA Movement going on also.  Just read who they are and what they are planning on doing.

Update on Mystic Island Festival & Shaka MovementAloha Friends,Happy New Year to everyone.We want to thank all of you for being the magnificent beings that you are. We are so thankful to live on Maui with you and to have the great good fortune to know you.As we move into 2014, we would like to connect with our Ohana and share an update on our vision and activities.
Mystic Island Festival from Jan 30 – Feb 2, 2014

In the past years, we, Bruce and Satya, co-produced the festival and supported it in many ways with our guiding support as well as practical and material contributions.

As we examined where our energy is of best service to the community, we decided not to be affiliated and involved with the Mystic Island Festival.
SHAKA Movement

This year we are very excited about combining community building with a higher purpose. We see that our health and the health of our children and future generations are at greater risk than ever before in our lifetime with GMOs being one of the major issues. We have the chance at this time to come together as community to make an unprecedented difference. The focus is to get a moratorium to stop all cultivating, testing and growing of GMOs in the County of Maui on the ballot for the November 2014 election. For that we first need to collect 8500 qualified registered voters’ signatures.

SHAKA Movement stands for SustainableHawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the Aina. It is a movement by the people for the people. The Shaka Movement provides a platform for us to tackle the many issues by uniting and focusing on one issue at a time. It is dedicated to protecting, respecting and nurturing our Mother Earth and all her creatures for many generations to come. It supports sustainable solutions promoting organic, bio dynamic and permaculture ways of farming that value and enhance the natural abundance of nature. The movement unites us around the core values of respect, love and peaceful co-existence.

On Kauai a moratorium was recently proposed to the City Council, but got thrown out and only the chemicals used on the GMO crops have to be disclosed which obviously doesn’t resolve any of the health issues by itself. Here is a link of an 18 minute long heart breaking video featuring recent testimonies high lighting the GMO situation on Kauai and Molokai.

Currently George Kimbrell, the senior lawyer of the Center of Food Safety and his team are finalizing the ordinance for the Shaka Movement. By choosing a citizen’s initiative we are taking a different approach for Maui County that has never been tried before, which puts the decision in the hands of the people. That way we are not relying on the City Council to agree to the moratorium that puts a stop to GMO testing, cultivating and growing until their safety can be proven. Instead the voice of the people will be the decisive factor at the November 2014 election.

Now it is crucial that we all get well informed about GMOs and the direct threat they pose to our health. What is happening in Maui is not ordinary GMO crop cultivation, but the growing of genetically engineered seed and test crops. Recently the biotech chemical companies on Kauai have had to disclose that for their GMO seed and test crops the soils are being sterilized and sprayed with more than 50 pesticides of which over 20 are restricted use pesticides. They end up forming a multitude of chemical cocktails that have not been tested for safety and have been poisoning and will continue to poison our soils, air, ground water, reefs and ocean until we do something about it.

Here are a few more facts about GMOs:

Monsanto grows 80 percent of its draught and aluminum resistant corn seed for the world in Maui County. These are patented terminator seeds that will create dependence of farmers on Monsanto and can cross-pollinate and thereby contaminate the natural corn worldwide. There is evidence that through horizontal gene transfer GMO genes can travel from one life form to another and change the DNA of other plants, animals and even humans.

We can’t let this happen any longer while we stand aside and look.

What can we do?

Key at this time is to become a member at thewww.ShakaMovement.org website, which will be our communication platform for all the latest news.

Go to the website for amazing documentaries that you will find on the video page, because we need to educate ourselves and those around us with hard facts.

It will take a few more weeks to get the ordinance ready. In the meantime let us know on the website how you are interested in participating by filling in the activation sheet online. Join one or more of the 12 action sectors and we will be inviting you to meetings and you will receive updates about your area of interest.

You can make a huge difference, even by dedicating only 15 minutes a day, using the coconut wireless and social media to spread the word about the initiative and by encouraging others to join the movement online and get informed about the facts on GMOs. Reach out to old friends and meet new friends!

Lets explore and co-create a life affirmative way of being and living together. We are looking forward to working together with you and creating an example for that in the world!

     With Love and Aloha,

     Satya & Bruce Douglas

More mainland money and voices trying to overrun the ag communities here in Hawaii.  What’s with these non-locals suddenly trying to tell local folks what to do?  Local folks have roots in coexistence and respect as well as working together.  These folks are about being rude and pushing their way around but act as if they are speaking local with their newly learned language.  Even us locals don’t speak Hawaiian and act like these posers.

It is sad to know that even Elle Cochran, who is a local person and with plantation roots, has chosen to align with these activists.  Where’s your values learned from your family about respect and coexistence from plantation style days?  Are you aware of what your activist friends are doing to the long time farmers and plantation workers?

So begins the war created by non-locals part 3 on Maui.  If it gets ugly, you’ll definitely find it on here!

Published by hawaiifarmersdaughter

A Hawaii farmer's daughter born and raised here. Grew up on a farm, witness to the wonders of science and research, and sharing a bit about farm life and speaking up for agriculture in our islands.

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