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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.

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No Aloha GMO Free Kauai: Go Use the Nazis!

Just when you thought that the whole pesticides and GMO issue was dying down a bit, something pops up that garners attention.  The A’oles have made a movie portraying the scientists, bloggers, and others who speak up for biotech as being aligned with this well known person in history.  Unbelievable but not surprising.  Does this really strengthen their cause?  Apparently, some people think so.  Same goes for all the hate comments they put all over the place, including graffiti on highways.

But then again, who is surprised at this kind of tactic?  This is great.  These are the same people who want laws made on their behalf, extremists and activists, who really should be marginalized for promoting this type of false accusations with no evidence, shameful, hateful fear mongering message only designed to divide and increase conflict, not bring together a community. There is a lot of evidence already similar to tactics used in this video that shows who really doesn’t have any aloha.  If A’oles want to cry out that they are being the target of no aloha, then they should stop posting this vitriolic and poisonous stuff for all to see.  Remember, you posted it, we find it and it gets exposed.  Be accountable for what you say and do.  Pretty easy.  Maybe.

Groundbreaking Discovery by the Babes Against Biotech!

The Babes Against Biotech have made an amazing groundbreaking discovery on the island of Oahu!  Read what they have to say about this discovery below in one of their posts with a video of this event on Facebook:

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Note that there are 34 people who “like” this and another 137 who shared this post too! How many people are we spreading rumors to before actually doing some research first? This post is meant to just be inflammatory towards biotech as it contains all the typical propaganda of the A’oles.  For lazy Hawaii people who don’t bother to research what is being said, it will ring true to them for now, only to be debunked later.

If they actually did a bit more detective work before posting this, they would realize that there is no such thing as a GMO melon or any such tests being conducted here in Hawaii. The more likely possibility is that this indeed is Monsanto’s fields that are subleased to another company who also subleases it to a melon farmer.  And that melon farmer is probably Sugarland Farms, who grows his melons out in Kunia!

Like someone once told us, that is why these women are not called the Intelligent Women Against Biotech.

Another Bros Against Biotech: Brian Schatz

Well, it has been confirmed that another Hawaii politician has joined the ranks of the Bros Against Biotech:

Yes, he too has not done his homework and actually read the bill but rather relied on the A’ole GMO club for his information.  If Senator Schatz did a simple Google search of “debunk Monsanto Protection Act,” he would have been able to see that it is once again conspiracy theorists at work.

Read here for some background about this bogus act:

http://blog.skepticallibertarian.com/2013/03/28/monsanto-protection-act-anti-gmo-conspiracy-theorists-lose-it-over-minor-deregulation/

http://debunkingdenialism.com/tag/monsanto-protection-act/

http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/mpa.asp

And if you look carefully at who is pushing for this so called act, it is none other than the A’ole groups Food Democracy Now and the Center for Food Safety.  No surprise!

It’s a sad day in Hawaii nei when our own leaders fall prey to the fear mongers and hysterics of the A’ole GMO club.

A’oles Just Don’t Read but can Talk!

When you haven’t had much education in science and research, it is easy to get correlation mixed up with causation.  Some don’t bother to read the definitions either or take time to learn about what’s truly being said.  This opens up huge flaws in the A’ole GMO club’s arguments.

First, let’s define what correlation is:

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Now let’s define what causation is:

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Note, now really note and pay attention here, these two words are found in completely different sections of the dictionary.  Why? Because they have completely different meanings.  They are not the same as you can see from above.

The A’oles have resorted to their science with their graphs as shown below:

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These A’oles will state that the increase in GMOs in our diets are the reason for increases in every single disease on earth.  If that is the case, then that would mean the rise in production and consumption of organic foods would also be linked to increased disease.  Well, that would fluster them all up in a forum so we’ll leave that aside for now.  Basically, if something is correlated, it doesn’t mean that it is causative.  One has to dig deeper to determine causation from a correlation.

In today’s edition of the chronicles of the A’ole GMO club, we are going to talk about correlation a bit more.  As we have seen across many forums where GMOs are discussed here in Hawaii, there is a noticeable trend in the A’oles commentary lengths.  They seem to be getting very, very long in their posts:

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Do A’oles really think that others are going to read these online novels when most of the time they themselves don’t even read the actual post or article they are commenting on?  I am starting to think that there is indeed a correlation here.  The correlation of the post is inversely proportional to the degree of critical thinking and reasoning.  And since some of our lazy readers won’t bother to check the link, this is what it means:

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A’ole interpretation here: The longer your post, the less in will be based upon critical thinking and reasoning.

The A’oles go on and on about their hate or knowledge about GMOs that sometimes they even forget what or where the initial target post was to begin with:

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Note that the blog link posted states clearly that the regulation of pesticides would be voluntary until the formal legislation is put into place.  The A’oles obviously have no reading comprehension skills because they comment as if the whole law would be voluntary.  Please read people, or you will be made the fool but we know that already.

Yes A’oles, this is really sending the governor a strong message of what you’re all about and how you don’t think.  And that is why you are an A’ole.  A’ole GMO means A’ole Aloha and A’ole critical thinking and reasoning.  You’ve just shown that to the Governor tonight with how  you’ve shown your exemplary manners and professionalism on his own official page.  And you want him to listen to you after all of that???

What did you say???

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The A’ole GMO club likes to use the powerful reach of the internet to claim the most outrageous “facts.” Here are some of my favorites:

Meet this lovely young lady who posted this comment on a biotech page:

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Someone needs to tell this young lady that there is something called the NOP, or National Organic Program.  It even has a list of approved chemicals for use on organic farms.  I have a feeling that she doesn’t quite understand what chemicals mean.  Let’s start with education about atoms, electrons, etc…

Also, I did receive this tweet that chemicals grow chemicals from someone wanting the Kauai A’ole GMO bill to pass:

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I can’t quite figure out how chemicals grow chemicals because mine haven’t changed or grown yet.

Meet our professed farmer friend who also posted this comment:

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Unbelievable that GMO sources are being used to get Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is also know as ascorbic acid.  Where ever the source is, it will never contain GMO because it is a chemical as in all vitamins.  Now where do we find DNA?  Living things!  He’s been reading way too much from the Organic Consumer’s Association.

Here’s a very insightful comment posted on a farm page:

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Interesting enough that so many A’ole GMO club members continue to state that GMOs are deadly when over three trillion meals have been served and not a single documented death or illness has occurred.  That doesn’t happen in the other industry where deaths and illness have been happening more than they’d like to admit.  How can this be???

Here’s a lovely pair of comments that go together like peanut butter and jelly as Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition stated previously:

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For one, if we say that eating GMOs makes one infertile, how in the world can biotech companies ever poison these children if they are never even born???  And if we were all poisoned by the evil companies feeding us GMOs, what good are dead consumers no longer alive and able to buy their products?  Hmm… You poison your customers, make them infertile and dead, who’s left to fill the coffers of money?

You know you really don’t know anything about genetics when you make this kind of comment that only A’ole would agree with:

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If you really want to know what’s wrong with this, learn from National Geographic’s article on genetics.  There’s a great educational game on that page that each and every A’ole should do instead of reading Natural News and other bunk sites.

Meet this Mom who is GMO Free and also free of some neurons:

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Bt toxin and papayas eh?  Let’s do some research about Bt and what its used for.  It’s used to control a type of worm!  So is it worms that are affecting the papayas?  Uh, no, Mrs. GMO Free Mom!  Do your research and you’ll find it is something else called papaya ringspot virus!

When you read stuff on the internet and hear about it over and over, if you don’t have much of an education, you might just say stuff like this:

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If you have very little knowledge about human digestion and physiology, please do not try to sound intelligent.  If you don’t know the difference between fauna and flora, that is why you should not go on the internet and publicly shame yourself.  But then again, some people have no clue that what they are saying is complete nonsense.  Thanks to Mike Gabbard for touting that ‘Roundup causes every disease on earth’ speaker.  We are indeed making for an intelligent population.

When A’oles start to ask this kind of question you know that they don’t quite have a handle on Google:

GMO pineapples

Of course, just the mention of GMO will cause a mass hysteria that there are GMO pineapples.  A quick search avoiding the A’ole sites will give you the answer.  If you’re too lazy to click the link, the answer is that there is no commercially approved pineapples.

Now this is the biggest kicker of the A’oles that GMOs taste bad:

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These very smart folks first of all must be eating the trunks of the trees if they think that the rind is woody and that the flesh is white or that they are eating PRSV infected fruits.  And if they think that GMO tastes bad, I’ll just leave this here for them:

I am starting to wonder if you are an A’ole demanding the “right to know,” what good would it actually do for furthering their knowledge?  Many of them claim they already “know” everything about the dangers that GMOs represent because they’ve pulled all their “facts” from fear mongering propaganda websites.  Then we find out that none of their claims actually stand up to legitimate scientific and fact-based scrutiny.  And then we have the moronic and totally false comments such as the ones I just covered.  Should we really be getting our dose of why we have a “right to know” from these folks?  If you want to sound smart, then get educated about the issues and stop spouting off crank statements that then make others look ignorant and moronic when they start parroting the same hogwash.  We also have a “right to know” if we are being misled by the anti-GMO fear propaganda machine.

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The Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition is an interesting Facebook page full of A’ole GMO websites, scare mongering memes, Evict Monsanto stuff, and posts from some very lovely people indeed.  They also are quite conflicted as to whether they want a full ban on GMOs or just labeling.  Same goes for most of these groups with schizophrenic tendencies.  This page also uses its cover to post some very nice comments to farmers.

Here are a few gems from this group:

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Some commenters even get concerned about what some of their other fellow A’oles post…

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Their is also a noticeable pattern of posting nasty hateful comments that by design are meant to get their supporters worked up and also in the mode of communicating not only hateful messages, but outright condoning of vandalism and violence.

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It is amazing how pages like this have such vile, hateful commentary and then always end it with truth, love, peace, and unity!  Along with poison?!

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This group is also against Kamehameha Schools and their leases to Monsanto.  Their message is always Evict Monsanto and they even have shirts and caps that advertise their message.  Does this mean that they are anti-Hawaiian?  Do they not want Hawaiians to benefit from the lease land revenue?  We presume so as they are hell bent on getting after Kamehameha Schools.  Maybe a name change is due for this group…  The A’ole Kamehameha Schools Justice Coalition.  That’s the A’ole way for sure!