The Legend of the A’ole GMO

Many years ago, a very special group of people became the chosen ones, or so they were told.  They were sought out to protect mother nature and save the earth.  They did so by watching many a movie on the internet and were told to spread the word across the world and beyond.  They willingly did so without question…



Not only were they chosen to watch movies, but they were shown the truth about these evils surrounding us through many scary pictures and memes plastered all over the social media!

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The flood of these pictures and the stories they told made people afraid for their lives for they really believed they were in danger of being poisoned by evil.  They became angry.  Some even started saying things like this…

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Some A’oles became keenly knowledgeable from reading something on the internet and started to boast their expertise too…

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However, some A’oles became really upset and used social media to express it (note there are too many to post!)…

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Some got so angered that they even said this…




The scientists tried to come to educate these people and reassure them they were not in danger, but they would not listen and instead responded  with:


But these A’oles claiming the Right to Know already knew what they wanted, so they formed a special bond.  That common bond of love, peace, hate, and poison and got together to do this…

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Seeing that there was an opportunity, some people decided to take action to help these angry and scared people.  Capitalizing on all of this bonding based on fear resulted in:

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Not only did these very clever marketers see $$, but leaders also saw opportunities in this whole affair…

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All the while, the farmers who feed us and tend to the lands were being subjected to:

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As a result, we now have communities that look like this…

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Which was created by this…

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What we really need this the most is this at this time…

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Because this is what our communities need to be doing…

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A’ole GMO means A’ole Aloha was created to restore this special spirit to our islands by recognizing this issue.  All we want is this…


The Bold and the Brave A’oles

One thing that I find amazing with the A’ole GMO club is that they are quite brave to go out on the social media and actually post some of the things they do.  Not just the bad and threatening ones but ones that “try” to make them sound intelligent.  One should never try to sound intelligent because it will get picked apart by a more educated person and then get the commenter all up in arms about it.  For the folks who are what A’oles call the “sheeple,” or the ones who don’t really care about the issue, or other A’oles who can’t tell an atom from an electron, these posts are just amazing to me.  They just reflect the education level of these folks.

Here’s a great example of a tweet from an article about the anti-GMO Bill 79 story:

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This commenter obviously has no clue that not only synthetic pesticides can kill people, but so can organic pesticides.  She can’t even get the term correct about our intestinal system (body fauna?!).  I think she might be referring to something such as:

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Another entertaining tweet to the educated but terrifying to the misinformed would be something like this mother’s one.


If this mom actually understood the differences in the types of genetic engineering being used for papaya and corn, she would realize how ridiculously false her claim is.   Bt is needed in corn because of a the corn borer worm that is the pest.  Papaya is engineered to resist a virus.  To state that papaya has Bt toxin is ludicrous.  Why would a corn borer be on a papaya?!  A’oles are quick to boast their findings and show their expertise.  Not!

So these quite intelligent folks are the very ones screaming for the GMO label and their “Right to Know,” but really, do they know anything at all?

Farmers Speaking Up for Ag Become Targets

Social media gives us lots of opportunities to voice our opinions.  But if you are a farmer who voices your support for biotechnology or agricultural science, you can expect the A’oles to come out roaring.

There’s so many problems with this issue.  I find it rather sad to see that people can stoop down to this level towards our farmers here in Hawaii.  Here are some examples of what activists do to farmer’s on their Yelp pages:

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Here’s yet another post on an article a farmer commented on that two folks decided to openly state their pleasure with.


What kind of environment have we created with these kinds of bills being proposed by our leaders? Where’s the aloha spirit towards differing opinions?  There are none because anyone who speaks up in support of the actual scientific evidence becomes a target.

The Fracturing of Our Communities

There is a lot of ugliness right now happening on our islands.  It started back in 2012 when legislation was introduced to label GMOs, which started a social media mass of anti-GMO activism.  From screaming matches with farmers to hateful voicemails towards legislators, it got very nasty.  That law did not make it through however the frenzy of anti-GMO activism got fired up yet again with bills on the Big Island and Kauai being introduced within these past few months.

In response to the surge of anti-GMO activism in Hawaii, the pro-biotech supporters came up with a page to help temper the fears created by these bills.  Those pages sat quietly while people were respectful and putting comments here and there.  However, once the anti-GMO club found these pages, that all ended.

Here’s a little taste of what the moderator of the page got to see once the A’oles found it…  By the way, there are hundreds more of these kinds of comments on the social media made by these people adding more fuel to the fire and spreading so much hate towards the agricultural industry here in Hawaii.


Here’s yet another gem from the same page:


We can pretend that these kind of people don’t exist in Hawaii or we can recognize that these folks are the radicals that have everyone’s attention.  There is no compromising with ideology-based radicals who refuse to be reasonable.  Once fear has set in, it leads to irrational behaviors.  This kind of activism should not be used to make laws.  The loudest voices do not dictate law, the reasonable ones do.  Hence the reason why A’ole GMO means A’ole Aloha was born to show the side of the people demanding these laws.

Of course the activists have over taken the social media to try to squelch this exposure.  However, we will continue to show what is wrong with listening to the demands of these kinds of activists.  It is the main reason why our communities are fractured.  This is not local style at all and can’t be continued.