Tag Archives: Andrea Brower

Bullying Tactics Front and Center by the Mob

The leader of the A’oles had something to say the other day…

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He makes as if he wants to be good neighbors but his followers state the obvious that no such plan would ever work.

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The A’oles have also decided what their next strategy will be too…

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And if they don’t get their way, this is what they have decided…

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Finally, their last plan of action is this…

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So if the politicians don’t cave to the mob, this is what they’ll get.

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Somewhere along the line, they forgot the advice of their other leader…

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Mr. Achitoff knows full well that repeated scare tactics in these turns people irrational eventually down the line.  They are all scared and mad thanks to a former board member of your parent group who preached this…

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When you read all of this, who looks like the bully here?

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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.

Andrea Brower: The Public has a Right to Know Who You Are

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.

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Andrea’s Star Advertiser Island Voices Column that ran on July 17, 2013.

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!

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Andrea Brower’s profile from her Huffington Post Blog site.

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?**

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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?