Did you know Hawaii is ground zero for GMO testing and development?
Director Cyrus Sutton just released his compelling documentary about what GMO’s are doing to Hawaii called, Island Earth. He poses the question, “How are we going to feed the world without destroying the planet we live on?”
The fact that six companies have the power to exploit the land and the people of these islands against their will is infuriating to me. Similar to the small farmers in the midwest that have been sued and put out of business because GMO seeds drift over into their fields, Hawaiians have no power against these money hungry chemical giants. There have been county bans passed and thousands of people fight to find out what the implications are of breathing in and consuming these chemicals. They too get sued by the GMO companies. Apparently, residents don’t have the right to know what is being sprayed into the air and on to our food.
Kids are sick, people are diagnosed with cancer who live near GMO testing grounds. There are GMO farms next to 27 schools in the Hawaiian Islands (Kauai being the most saturated with these farms).
Hawaii is basically one big GMO lab. One big chemical experiment. Crops are sprayed with restricted pesticides to see if they will be able to withstand them. Most of these crops aren’t even grown for consumption.
Hawaii was once the most sustainable place to farm. Imports were not necessary. European colonists started farming monocultures like pineapple and sugarcane in the 50s and now that land is almost all taken up by GMO farms. This has all led to severe soil degradation and cannot continue in my opinion.
This film is about people who care about their land and their people. People who have the integrity to stand up for what is right and know that because they are educated they have a civil duty to do what they can to help.
These chemical companies do not care about feeding the world, they care about selling chemicals.
If you value your health and the health of the environment please watch this film and vote with your dollars by shopping local and organic.
#supportlocal #eatorganic #saynotogmo
Sarah Burchard is the author of The Healthy Locavore, a natural foods chef and experience host whose writing focuses on cooking, holistic health, supporting community and eating locally grown and made foods.