Tag Archives: Kauai

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?!
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Malama the A’ina, Pono Preachers: They aren’t the Rubbah Slippah Folks

After seeing numerous hate comments and nastiness among the A’ole crowd, I started asking myself as to why these folks seem to not embody the local style spirit?  Do these folks, who are demonizing farmers across our state, have any roots to plantation style culture?  To me, they do not speak or act with the rubbah slippah folks, a term coined by Richard Ha.  Let’s see who these folks really are…

Nomi Carmona of the Babes Against Biotech: Ms. No Aloha #1 from Corona, California

The leader of the Babes Against Biotech is Nomi Carmona.  She loves to speak in her Hawaiian phrases and such and says how she wants to protect the aina.  Lo and behold, her home aina is not Hawaii!  Maybe her name needs to be Nomi California!

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Jessica Mitchell aka Senator Nishihara’s “Go Back to Japan” Girl and Babes Against Biotech from Sacramento, California

Another notorious BAB is Jessica Mitchell, who made her name known across the land as the “Go Back to Japan” message to Senator Nishihara.  What would happen if someone left her a message, “Go back to California!”

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Representative Jessica Wooley “I want a label” legislator and I Love BABs from Scottsdale, Arizona

She has her roots in the local plantation style ways because she was born and raised on the plantations of Arizona and schooled in California.

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Earthjustice Attorney Paul Achitoff “GMOs are being shoved down our throats” lawyer not from Hawaii

He speaks for the local people every since he landed in Hawaii in 1990.  Definitely has his roots in local ways and ancestors from the plantations.  He’s protecting farmers too? Really?

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Jeri Di Pietro of Hawaii SEED from California

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Meet More Local Voices who Spread Hate Love To our Farmers

Here’s just a small picking of the members of the GMO Free groups in Hawaii that are on the social media.  Take a good look as to where they are from and it isn’t from our plantations.

Celeste Harvel aka “Chop Down your GMO papayas” Morro Bay, California

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Robert Bueller the “Ask Hooser A Question Plant” on Olelo from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Jack Adam Weber aka “Civil Beat A’ole 10-4” from Middletown, Connecticut

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Patrick Coan of Lompoc, California

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Terrillyn West aka “Eat your GMO poisons no local would ever say that” lady

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Tek Nickerson aka “Banned from a Hawaii Biotech Page” from Cos Cob, Connecticut

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Maggie Sergio aka “Huffpo We’re Being Poisoned Writer” from New York

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Maya Wanczyk aka “Banned from Hawaii Biotech Pages” from Treasure Island, Florida

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Felicia Alongi Cowden aka A’ole GMO Radio Broadcaster from Prescott, Arizona

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James Trujillo from Santa Clara, California

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Kalalau Red aka “New Native” from Hopatacong, New Jersey

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Carolyn Fay Spector aka Dr. James Brewbaker Wanted Poster Chic from San Diego, California

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Mitsuko Hayakawa aka A’ole GMO Moms Club Ringleader from Los Angeles, California

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Kerri Petterson Marks aka GMO Free Kauai Club from Iowa City, Iowa

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Leeona Thompson aka Dylan Hooser’s Girlfriend From Texas

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Megan Fox Pittsley aka Disparage a Small Farmer’s Yelp Page Chic from Middleboro, Massachusetts

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Sarah Chi Smith aka “Banned from Pro Biotech Pages” from Wellesley, Massachusetts

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Karen Chun aka Civil Beat Cut and Paste GMO Expert from Stanford, California

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Sara Jo Thompson Irons aka “I hope you and Chuck have children with birth defects” from Fayetteville, Tennessee

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Christi A’ole GMO Demuth aka “Drink Your RoundUp” mother from California

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Robert Zelkovsky aka “I’ve been Banned from Pro GMO Hawaii fame” from New York

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Take a look at more “local” faces from the Kauai Midweek…  Where’s the descendants from the plantation workers???

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Now that you’ve seen the faces and where they are from, look at what they have said publicly to others across the social media…

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The vile comments seen here make it very obvious and clear that these people are not the rubbah slippah folks.  They can easily speak the lingo of malama the a’ina, and pono, but you can’t find a shred of it in what they say or do to farmers and others.  These people never knew what “small kid time” meant or what it means to be local.  They do not share the plantation style values of respect and coexistence that was taught back in those days.  This is a well bankrolled campaign paid for by lots of mainland monies to spread mainland values and destroy local ways.

They are not the local voices that should be heard.  Time to hear out the real local folks that know how to act and speak the true pono way…  The farmers!

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!

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.

Russell Ruderman: Right to Know Who You Are

Before you start to read this post, please read the following definition of slander:

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As you research more on the leaders of the A’ole GMO movement, you start to find a lot of discrepancies in what they say and do.  It’s all documented front and center on the internet and somehow changes in emails.  Note this email from Russell Ruderman on his credentials of his degree:

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Okay, if he has his genetics degree, when exactly did he get it? What does the research on him say:

He got his degree nearly 40 years ago!  The technology now and then is so advanced and I can’t imagine that he has kept up with it.  He’s been running his Islands Naturals Deli and Market for several decades already.  Is pumping up your science credentials going to affect my opinion of you?  Why didn’t he just say that he has a BS in Biology to begin with in his email instead of being coy about it?

And about that Right to Know campaign bit…

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**If you plan on commenting on this post as being slanderous, the evidence is presented and received from the source himself.  How is your own presentation of yourself with discrepancies slanderous?**

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?

The Whole World is Watching Ground Zero

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Yes, the whole world is watching Kauai and their A’ole GMO mob members.  It is ground zero for classiness apparently.  Give a nice wave to others while your kids run around you and see you do it.

Mahalo Kauai County Council for supporting these folks and what they do to farmers!