Apparently Maui County is doing very well economically. So well, in fact, that the activists here think that it would be great if modern farmers, like the seed companies, left the islands entirely. In their opinion, Maui doesn’t need the tax dollars that these companies and their employees pour into our islands.
Activists have managed to JUST get enough signatures to place an item on our November ballot. They are asking you to approve a “temporary moratorium” on GE operations and practices until they are proven safe.
First, what they are asking for is scientifically impossible. Nothing can be PROVEN safe, all you can do is gather evidence to support a theory that something is very unlikely to be harmful under the given conditions. You can show the point at which something does harm, but not that it is safe in all circumstances. Dose makes the poison. I can’t prove that table salt is safe, but I can certainly show that at my weight I can eat about a half cup of salt and I will have a 50% chance of killing myself. Salt has an LD50 of 3000mg/kg of body weight.
Furthermore, haven’t the appropriate federal and state government agencies already determined the safety of GM crops and the associated farming practices? What makes the activists think that Maui County can do a better job by setting up a new government agency that will do these tests all over again? They already don’t trust the current science. Why do we think they’ll believe a new county agency that says farm practices are safe?
Second, when they say “moratorium”, what they really mean is “EVICTION”. They’ll claim that this is not the case, but haven’t you noticed the “EVICT MONSANTO” signs around town? SHAKA members are even producing these bumper stickers:
Still think it’s temporary?
These activists may try to tell the citizens of Maui County that this is just a short term halt to the business of Monsanto and Mycogen, but don’t be fooled. They have no intention of ever allowing these agriculture companies to again plant a seed on Maui or Molokai.
For the island of Maui, this will mean a slight increase in unemployment. For Molokai, unemployment is projected to skyrocket, and the other businesses on the island will struggle as seed industry employees can no longer afford to purchase goods and services in their community.
Think before you vote. How will your life be impacted by the loss of 600 jobs and millions in taxes? How will your business be impacted by 600 families no longer able to buy gas and groceries, shop at the mall, or pay taxes? This is not a temporary moratorium – this is outright eviction!