Category Archives: Intelligence Quotient

Moms Making Moms Scared With Misinformation

It is really sad when a group of mom’s decide to “educate” people about GMOs.  Two lead mothers in the picture is Mae Fuimaono, a nurse, and Trisha “Mama T” Alari-Gonsalves, a chef associated with Down to Earth. None of these two women have any nutritional background but seem to feel that they can apparently teach others about nutrition about GMOs.

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Do you actually think that this is a good lecture with vetted information from a chef and a nurse?  You get what pay for with this one.  Free information to make moms scared about their food with the same old scare studies that have been debunked.  Really, is that the responsible thing to do to other parents?  Apparently, if you’re an A’ole, it is.  Sad.

If you look more at who these people are, once again you’ll find that they are not local people.

Meet Mae Fuimaono, from Kansas City, Missouri

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And Trisha Alari-Gonsalves from La Jolla, California

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Then let’s not forget the ringleader of these moms, Mitsuko Hayakawa of Los Angeles, California

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These A’ole moms think that it is just fine and dandy to scare and misinform young mothers with their so called “expertise,” of which none of them appear to have to begin with.  Remember the Andrew Wakefield scare of vaccinations that created more harm based in fraud and pseudoscience claims? Forget data, evidence, and studies and listen to the A’ole sites that don’t tout any of that.  The goal is to scare, scare, scare.  Where’s any education there?  None exists.

While they are busy at scaring people, another mother states otherwise and has some evidence to back up what she states.

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Think about it…  If organic food is so superior, why do they need to resort to this?  Because it is just a label to help sell their product and doesn’t necessarily confer any added benefits.

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You can choose to be swayed by powerful emotions based in fear to guide your decisions for your family or go with evidence based knowledge.  The choice is there already and you don’t need a label to tell you that.

Inciting the Mob: Let the Fear Mongers Unite!

Bring on the FEAR MONGERING once again!  The seed companies have filed a lawsuit against the county which comes as no surprise.  The health studies and environmental studies found nothing to support their claims so time to spread more and more fear.

Just to start off the day, GMO Free USA posts this meme of a baby with a condition called gastroschisis.  It is nice and scary and attempts to make the uneducated social media follower think that the seed companies have something to do with this.

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From GMO Free USA’s Facebook page

Of course, few of the A’oles would ever know what the condition is but will automatically correlate biotech with this birth defect.  However, a skeptical reader will attempt to look further than just a picture for their information and find that there is no known causes of this defect .  It is a very rare condition but the meme implies that this is a very common occurrence which the data does not support.

Another scary picture posted of Facebook recently was this condition called polydactly by a well known A’ole radio personality.  She purports to link this to working on the seed farms.

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A public post made by an A’ole radio personality

Well, when you look up this condition more, you find that it is genetic and has no link to GMOs.  People have been experiencing this condition long before biotech was even heard of!

Remember that just because your read or saw it on your friend’s Facebook page, it doesn’t make their claims completely true.  The goal of the A’oles is to create fear and doubt to win the masses to created mob rule.  Mob rule based in fear and misinformation has worked well because of politicians afraid of losing their seats in this year’s election!

Bill 2491: The Truth Comes Out

On a freshly posted blog by Civil Beat about the lawsuit filed by the seed companies on Kauai, there is proof that there was no science involved in the whole issue to begin with clearly stated by this activist.

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It’s clear here that the whole issue was based in fear and hearsay.  No evidence presented would ever change these folks’ minds at all.   It really didn’t matter if any attempts were made by the companies to be good neighbors because nothing would ever be good enough except being completely out.  Let’s see what holds up in the court where evidence is key and hearsay is not.

Russell Ruderman Sorts GMO Facts from Fiction???

It’s really interesting that Senator Russell Ruderman who has a degree in biology and owns 4 natural food stores on the Big Island is now going to do a column about the facts and fiction of GMOs.  Somehow, an organic shill plans on writing facts about something he has openly criticized?

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Of course his post lacks a shred of evidence or citation to back up his claims of facts.  That is something very common on bogus articles, which leads us to the conclusion that he needs to rename his column as “GMO Fictions and Fears.”  Fears are a great way to make a profit in those stores everyday!

Research 101: To Feed and Protect a World, Rein in Corporate Ag

Remember, that what you read on the internet is not always true and you have to research the sources first before you profess it as your proof.  If you don’t, and use the statements from the post as your evidence, you won’t be able to source out your statement.  That source is called evidence which you are frequently called upon to present.

Let’s start todays lesson with a recently published post on Andrea Brower’s HuffPo blog site titled, “To Feed and Protect the World, Rein in Corporate Ag.”  First off, note that it is a blog.  Blog can usually be opinion pieces but can’t be used as evidence.  There may be links to the evidence in it and that is what you must research out more.  Also in this blog post, there are multiple references to emotionally charged terms such as destructive, poison, toxic, untested, and so on.  These words are meant to evoke emotions in this piece.  Typical tactic of the A’ole GMO club to gain more followers.

Let’s take a closer look at what she’s saying in this blog post.

Problem 1:

“World Food Day serves as a reminder that nearly one billion people go hungry, despite there being more than enough food for all. With sustainability central to this year’s theme, the event also directed attention to the fact that our global food system is highly fossil fuel dependent and is a primary contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. It is also rapidly degrading the soil, water, forest, genetic diversity and other resources that are vital to agricultural productivity, human health and all life.”

The World Food Day here in Hawaii turned out to be another anti-GMO march.  When you go to the actual website, there is no anti-GMO themes found anywhere on there, but Hawaii folks took up a notch.  There is no mention of the issues that Andrea takes up found on the site listed.  Hawaii folks decided to do their own interpretation apparently.  Take a look at the poster that was used.

The Hawaii Anti-GMO version of the World Food Day poster. Notice the background is Waikiki and hotels. Where’s the producers of food there?

Problem 2:

But moving in the direction of a sustainable and equitable food system requires reining in the power of transnational corporate agribusiness, and its drives to intensify and standardize production, privatize resources that were previously “common,” and monopolize the global food system.

Andrea makes a very broad statement here essentially meaning that there should be no corporate agribusiness.  No sources are used to back her statement up to support what she is saying.

Problem 3:

Smallholder agriculture currently feeds an estimated 70 percent of the world using only 30 percent of agricultural resources, while industrial agriculture sucks 70 percent of resources and only produces 30 percent of the world’s food.

When you click on her source for this information, you’re lead to Mark Bittman’s opinion piece in the NYT.  No sources, just his opinion.  He is also a food writer who had decided to take on the scientific literature somehow.

Problem 4:

The idea that a “free-market” (ie policy-facilitated monopolistic) corporate food system will somehow nourish us all has proven imaginary.

Note how she references her own blog on this point made.  Case closed for this reference already.

Problem 5:

We all pay the prices of a hungry, sick, progressively toxic and heating-up world, with the poorest paying the highest.

Yes, the consensus is there that there is climate change, but from this statement it sounds as if everyone is dying and being poisoned.  Why is it that more people are living longer lives and Hawaii being ranked as one of the healthiest states?

Problem 6:

On Kauai, experimental operations apply pesticides 250 to 300 days per year, 10 to 16 times per day.

Her source for this quote is a video.  The mention of a number doesn’t quite give the right perspective of the actual spraying which she implies as it is all fields, everyday.  That is not the case and it defies logic as to why entire fields are sprayed that often.  If these companies are all about making money as she claims, why would they waste it spraying so often?  Pesticides and the application of it costs money and over doing it would be a waste of money.

Problem 7:

On Kauai, our fragile ecology is undoubtedly impacted by the use of an estimated 18 tons of restricted use pesticides annually, as well as likely five times that amount of general use pesticides.

Once again, Andrea omits to mention that the true amount is actually 9.89 tons of RUPs according to the Department of Ag.  Sounds horrendous but when put into perspective, it comes out to the size of 5 standard cars that is used over 5600 acres by 5 companies.  They make up 13% of the RUPs used on Kauai.  The county uses nearly half of the RUPs and is exempted from this disclosure law.

Anyone can write anything about any issue and it is up to the reader to investigate the claims.  Of course, for many folks, there is no incentive to investigate.  Just believe.  Do your homework and read what the facts and find some background on what evidence is presented.  When everyone starts repeating the same numbers over and over, there’s something fishy going on.  When the real facts are pointed out to you, what will you have in retort?!  Nothing and the result is the usual statement, “Well, you must work for Monsanto then.”  And you’ve just proven your arguments invalid.

Don’t Post that A’ole GMO: How to Save Face

The internet is full of sites that will help to confirm your own biases many times and trying to figure out what is vetted and what isn’t is really tricky for the majority of folks.  That is regardless of anyone’s educational level, especially when it comes down agricultural and food issues.

If you are ever commenting on an article on FB or other social media sites, there are a few cardinal sins of posting links as your evidence.

Cardinal sin number 1: Monsanto

If you ever mention the name in any of your postings, you have automatically shown that you have not done your due diligence in research.  You have completely shown where your state of mind is at and this would be a good time to see why.  (Be sure to read the links below the posts in RationalWiki and Wikipedia as they are the sources of the statement.)  Post anything and put that name there and you have disqualified any and most of your arguments.  Someone will be shaking their head reading your comment.

Cardinal sin number 2: Bad links as your evidence

If you don’t want to be mocked, avoid the following sites:

The Organic Consumers’ Association

Natural News

Sustainable Pulse

Green Med Info

The Union of Concerned Scientists

Dr. Mercola 

Institute for Responsible Technology

Center for Food Safety

GM Watch

If you ever try to use these links as your reasons against GMOs, you will be not take seriously.  In fact, that person reading your comments with these links will actually start to get snarky with you for doing so because these are not legitimate sites with actual links to the studies that they use as evidence.  If you ever find something on these sites, type in their name and follow it with “debunk” and you will find a completely different side of information.  These sites are known offenders of half okole information where they take only part of the actual study and publish what they want for it and never providing the source.  That’s the cardinal sin of the A’oles on the social media when it comes down to a debate with a pro-GMO person.

Cardinal Sin number 3: Movies

Another sin of the A’ole GMO club is using movies as your proof of dangers.  There are two movies that they love to use as proof which is far from the truth.  Don’t want to be mocked?  Here’s a helpful list to go by:

Seeds of Death

Genetic Roulette

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Movies are never substitutes for real evidence.  If you just watch any of these movies and feel scared, then it has done its job to work on your emotions.  That’s the motive of a movie is to get you to feel something and in this case, fear it.  So many have been left scared after watching this because majority of the general public have no clue as to what basic genetics really is and these movies prey on that unknown.  The more you know (not conspiracies) the less fearful you can be.

Cardinal Sin number 4: Facebook Memes

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Meme from GMO Inside regarding the debunked Seralini study.

If you get tidbits of “facts” from a meme and repost what it says, prepare to be barraged by criticism.  These nice graphics and short statements provide no data or sources of where they are getting their statement from.  Anyone with a bit of photoshopping experience can get a stock photo and put some words on it and voila, you got something to spread around to supposedly educate.  These will leave you stuck when you are asked for evidence because you won’t know how to get that evidence.  Pictures may tell a thousand words but they can’t give you your evidence.  Avoid the memes as your sources of information at all costs.  Someone will be pounding their head reading your statements.

The Worse Cardinal Sin of All: Babes Against Biotech & Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition

If you got your information from these folks, that says it all already.  You’re done and there’s no hope for you if you are following them.  And if you can’t figure out why this is a sin, go back up to the top and start reading what was posted earlier.

“We Love Science!”

It’s interesting how there is a sudden movement by the A’oles to claim that they are scientists and profess out loud their unknown BSc degrees on television.  I used to think that A’oles were anti-science but the reality is that they have little to no science and no knowledge of researching what they read and watch.  A healthy dose of skepticism would be good but they have a hard time knowing how to be skeptical and lean more towards conspiracy, which is much more seductive.  Yes, they can sure Google for “researching” but can’t go beyond that.  They have been fear mongered beyond belief that they have gone from being in a fearful state to one of being angry and irrational.  It is pretty obvious what state of minds these folks are at when commentaries like this one popping up on the social media.

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Making Up Stuff as You Go: Thanks Jenny Reschan

Here’s an example that shows proof that A’oles make up stuff as they go.  The sad thing is they believe it without question:

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I did not know that Jon Entine, Robert Wager, Richard Ha, or even myself worked for any chemical company whatsoever.  Oh, yeah, that’s why you follow the Babes Against Biotech for your solid information.

People like Jenny Reschan still haven’t figured out that calling someone a shill doesn’t work in your favor and actually weakens your argument.  Note two words: Shill Gambit.