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And the Ugliness Continues…

The A’oles are mad.  Yes, they got smashed in the elections and the judge invalidated Ordinance 960.  What’s their next plan of action?  Oh, they are going to talks bad about Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho.  The level of nastiness is no different than before and they have no qualms about making these horrible statements as usual.

Just follow what happened recently there with a lunch event that spurned a rumor that becomes truth to these people.  It just isn’t cool to be A’ole GMO already!

So are the voters still going to support the no aloha of the A’ole GMO club still yet?!

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Russia Bans GMO Imports and the Babes Against Biotech Celebrate

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Here is just more proof that the intent of the A’ole GMO club is to keep people in the dark.

Just posted recently on the Babes Against Biotech page was this meme…

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They somehow also think that by banning GMO imports that everyone is eating organic food.  Little do they know that countries that tend to ban GMO imports are the very ones have plenty of their own GMO research going on at the Russian Academy of Agricultural Science.  Russia is also growing their own experimental GMO crops.

So the BABs have their 5,584 followers, who shared this, excited about Russia being so much better than the US because of this ban of imports.  Russia is a much more superior country than the US because their bans signify a better country.  That must include their ban of homosexuality and marijuana makes it the best country to live in and tops for human rights.  Not.  Pack up your bags and head to Russia!

 

Protect the Aina and the Virus of Misinformation

Something has gone awry with the environmental greenies here in Hawaii.  These people cling to the the battle cry of, “Protect the Aina!”  All the meanwhile of stating this, they constantly barrage the media full of misinformation from the top down.  Today’s feature is Margaret Wille and her adventures in stuff your shoe in your mouth!

Just from today’s Star Advertiser front page article, “Growing Concerns,” there was the typical A’ole comments on there from Big Island County Council Woman Margaret Wille.  Some of her quotes in the article clearly shows that she believes in a boogey man and that organic food may not protect your brain from dementia.

They have to know but do know!

Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille, who introduced Bill 113, said that if the restraining order is upheld, it will frustrate the purpose of the ordinance. She said it’s important to know where the genetically modified crops are so that officials can monitor where potential problems might occur.

Note that Wille makes this statement that officials have to know where these papaya crops are but then later states this.

“The truth is everyone knows where the GMO papaya is,” she said.

Yardeners are Farmers too!  NOT!

And, for example,if a farmer wants to grow organic papayas, he or she isn’t going to want to plant next to a field of GMO papayas, for fear of cross-pollination and contamination of the organic crop, she said.

Yardeners who have 25 trees of GMO free papayas have rights too even though most real farmers know that these will be decimated by the PRSV virus.  Real farmers know that papayas are self pollinating and know how to take care of this.

Farmers Talked to the County…  They were IGNORED!

Wille said she is especially disappointed with the legal action because a provision was included in the law allowing county officials to keep sensitive information confidential. She said that instead of waiting to file suit until the 90-day registration period ended, papaya farmers should have talked with county officials to explain what information they wanted withheld.

Papaya farmers were there in force talking to the Mayor, the council members, at all the hearings explaining what the issues were with the laws.  They told Wille and others what they wanted and lo and behold, they were IGNORED!

Margaret Wille the Conspiracy Theorist!

“The way they did it, they just seem more like pawns of Monsanto,” she said, referring to the multinational corporation known for genetically engineered products.

When all else fails for Wille to defend her position, what’s the next best step? Throw in the Monsanto is evil card!  But hey, even if papaya farmers are all small local folks for the most part, turn people against them but putting that kind of statement out there.  Local farmers, you’re now a multinational corporation according to Marge Wille.  That makes for a great anti-GMO movie plot!

Ecoterrorist in Pahoa is Ready for Action!

Wille said the registry isn’t going to make papaya farmers any more vulnerable.

Yes, Marge, continuing to spread hate and misinformation against farmers isn’t going to make them any more vulnerable then they already are.  You are a true blue problem solver helping your constituents indeed.

Chopping down 100 trees or even 8500 isn’t ecoterrorism!  It’s justified according to commenter, NiteMarcher, who also has a demon to fight with corporate ag giants like Big Island papaya farmers!

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The A’oles Admit It: There is No Aloha!

Funny how some A’oles have denied that it is only a small minority of activists who have no aloha. They will claim that the ones who have made threats of crop destruction and death threats just don’t reflect the overall goal, the right to know.

Well today Keliihananui Crabbe has finally come clean with their true goals today. He admits that yes, there is no aloha. And it’s a good thing he has no financial ties because anyone and everyone who does can’t be trusted. I wonder what that says about Senator Ruderman and Representative Wooley.

Let’s Talk About Those Poisons and Toxicity

Understanding the issue of toxicity is a problem with so many anti-GMO club members lately.  Studies that cherry pick information like the one that touted that “75% of air samples contained RoundUp and Atrazine” are great examples of why this group is so prone to fear mongering.

Note that the information promoted on the whackosphere sites failed to mention that the amounts detected were billions to millions below any significant level to have any effect, according to Kevin Folta’s review of the actual paper.  What this paper really shows is how sensitive the technology is to detect very minuscule levels to begin with.

So let’s talk a bit further about this “we’re being sprayed and poisoned” paranoia among the anti-GMO club.

An important thing to understand with toxicity of something is by understanding how toxicity is measured.

From the EPA website, the measure in which toxicity is stated is something called LD50.

Lethal Dosage (LD50) Values

An LD50 is a standard measurement of acute toxicity that is stated in milligrams (mg) of pesticide per kilogram (kg) of body weight. An LD50 represents the individual dose required to kill 50 percent of a population of test animals (e.g., rats, fish, mice, cockroaches). Because LD50 values are standard measurements, it is possible to compare relative toxicities among pesticides. The lower the LD50 dose, the more toxic the pesticide.

A pesticide with an LD50 value of 10 mg/kg is 10 times more toxic than a pesticide with an LD50 of 100 mg/kg.

The toxicity of a pesticide is related to the mode of entry of the chemical into an organism. Oral LD50 values are obtained when test subjects are fed pesticide-treated feed or water. Dermal LD50 values are obtained when the pesticide is applied to the skin of the animal. Inhalation LD50 values are obtained when the animal breathes the pesticide with a mask. Often the inhalation LD50 is lower (more toxic) than the oral LD50, which is in turn lower (more toxic) than the dermal LD50.

LD50 values are not always given on the pesticide label; rather, the relative toxicity of a pesticide product is reflected by one of three signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. The purpose of signal words is to alert the user to the level of toxicity of the product. The signal word is generally assigned based on the pesticide’s inhalation, oral or dermal toxicity, whichever is the most toxic.

Let’s take a look at some common substances that we likely consume everyday and see what the LD50 measures are (note that these are oral dosages).

Table Salt 3000mg/kg

Aspirin 200mg/kg

Caffeine 192mg/kg

Capsaicin 47.2mg/kg (Found in hot sauce)

Then let’s take a look at RoundUp, the dreaded pesticide that anti-GMO club folks are harping about.

Glyphosate 4320mg/kg

As you can see, table salt is more toxic than glyphosate is.  Common substances that we actually eat or use as medicine are significantly more toxic than glyphosate actually is.

Then if you take a look at LD50 for atrazine, you’ll also find that it is much less toxic than the same substances we consume.

Atrazine for rats and mice 672mg/kg to 850 mg/kg

Another commonly used pesticide in organic farming is much more toxic than glyphosate is in terms of toxicity.

Rotenone for rats is 162 to1500mg/kg

That’s even more toxic than glyphosate is! Just because something is derived from natural sources doesn’t make it any safer.  A good example is snake venom.  All natural but deadly at minuscule amounts!

Let’s take a look at yet another chemical used in organic farming, copper sulfate.

Copper sulfate in rats is 30mg/kg

That is nearly 100x more toxic than glyphosate.  It has been documented that a dose of 11mg/kg in a human has lead to death!  This chemical also builds up in soil too.

As you can clearly see, just because organic farming sounds much more holistic and greener, it may not necessarily be less toxic in reality.

Just because you have been reading that all of these pesticides are poisonous and horrible from StopPoisoningParadise.com and during speeches from Hooser and Andrea Brower, you don’t have to be a scientist to do some research of what this all means.  Knowing how to search and verify what is being said can make a huge difference in understanding fact from fiction.

Get off of those whackosphere websites like Sustainable Pulse, GMO Free whatever wherever, Natural News, Green Med Info, Nature Cures, Holistic Health Woo, Altnet, and so on and you’ll see a different picture.

Those sites are meant for scaring you, and if you like being scared and uninformed, keep reading it.  Paranoia caused by the internet isn’t a happy place to be ever.  Jump off the paranoia bandwagon and research, research, research.

Thank the Babes Against Biotech and Pay More for Food

Let’s face the facts.  When some group like the Babes Against Biotech is out there leading the charge to get genetically modified foods labeled, you’ve got to do a double take about women who are using sex to sell their cause.  The leader, Nomi Carmona, is excellent at the dramatics and reciting her reasons for leading the charge.  Of course, she has some acting skills and is good at memorizing her script too so it shouldn’t be surprising.  She can be pretty convincing to those who don’t know otherwise.

If you take a look closer at the Babes Against Biotech and other like groups tout, you get a good idea of where their information is coming from.  The frequently used links from Sustainable Pulse, Natural News, RawforBeauty, MyScienceAcademy, Center for Food Safety, Institute for Responsible Technology, UndergroundHealth, and such.  As an uneducated observer, one might not know that these sites are full of unvetted information and lots of pseudoscience.

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It’s very clear that although they claim to be pro-science, what they promote is far from being scientific in every form and fashion.  Some of their followers will even admit that they don’t need science too.  Their comments clearly show that they don’t quite understand the science either.

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As you can see, so many people who have no attachment to farming have all decided to voice their opinion about the issue at hand.  They have been told that biotech is poison and so on by several of the leaders in the community.  The opinions of the public who are unaware of what it takes to farm somehow feel entitled to speak out over the farmers and the lawmakers are heeding that of an opinion.  That is purely irresponsible to rely on the public for information.

This same crowd who accuses others of poisoning and other heinous crimes are the same ones who are demanding that label.  To give into this kind of paranoia is absolutely abhorrent.  We live in a society that is dominated in technology and are used in our daily lives.  Why are we letting a bunch of non-farmers, washed up Hollywood actors, bikini clad protesters, and others to deny farmers the right to technology?  

Apparently, the Babes Against Biotech and their followers have no problem using fear and misinformation just to make you pay more for your food.  If that is fine with you, sit back, do nothing and let it all happen.  When your grocery bill hits you if they should succeed, thank a Babe Against Biotech protester for making Hawaii a much more livable place for all.

Disclosure is Mandatory for Some but Not Me

Any anonymous observer noted the following…
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I guess Dylan thinks disclosure is only necessary sometimes.  This is from his Sunrise Shells of Kauai website:
“The exact dive locations vary during the year and are closely held secrets.”
“The shells are cleaned individually by hand in a tedious multi step process.
  1. They are first soaked in a “secret sauce” cleaning solution and rinsed thoroughly in clean water. “
http://sunriseshellsofkauai.com/about-sunrise-shells.php

Shouldn’t the public have the right to know where these creatures are being harvested from to know the environmental impact this is happening on our aina?  Why are some people allowed to have closely held secrets but others aren’t?  Isn’t disclosure a good thing for everyone to be transparent?!