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Santa Ana, CA

#1 Apr 2, 2010
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Phoenix, AZ

#2 Jul 6, 2013
Actress speaks out against GMO on island
Tribune-Herald

Actress Roseanne Barr criticized genetic engineering before the Hawaii County Council on Tuesday.

Barr, who owns a farm in Hamakua, spoke in favor of a bill to limit the use of genetically modified crops on the Big Island, saying people need to listen to independent research on the biotech industry.

“When science is applied and scientific analysis is applied, a correct answer is harvested, and that’s what needs to happen,” she said.

Barr also addressed papaya farmers, many of whom grow virus-resistant transgenic varieties.

“You know, the Hawaiians, everybody here is very giving and they would probably bend over backwards and help you burn those papayas and grow something decent,” she said.

Several papaya growers spoke against the bill, referring to it as a threat to their livelihood.

The star of the 1990s sitcom,“Roseanne,” also filmed a reality television show about life on her 40-acre macadamia nut and livestock farm.

Titled “Roseanne’s Nuts,” the show ran for one season in 2011 on the Lifetime network.

Barr ventured into politics last year, seeking the 2012 presidential nomination for the Green Party.

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Scottsdale AZZ

Mililani, HI

#3 Jul 6, 2013
Peckish!

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

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#4 Jul 6, 2013
Rosanne Barr? WTF does she know about anything? You think she actually works her Macadamia Nut farm?

Stop eating corn, hippies. ALL corn is genetically modified. There was no corn until common grass was genetically altered into maize, centuries ago, by Mexicans. There is NO corn that is not a hybrid. Furthermore, that "organic" food you buy? Only 10% of it has to be organic, by LAW. Think of that when you spend triple the money at Down To Earth.
The Infobomber

Ewa Beach, HI

#5 Jul 6, 2013
There's no question about - Americans as well as the rest of humanity is under attack now, and the food supply is just another angle of the attack.

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

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#6 Jul 6, 2013
The Infobomber wrote:
There's no question about - Americans as well as the rest of humanity is under attack now, and the food supply is just another angle of the attack.
I don't know about that, But the outrage against GMO food is a bunch of misguided hysterical hogwash.
The Infobomber

Ewa Beach, HI

#7 Jul 6, 2013
Joe Balls wrote:
<quoted text> I don't know about that, But the outrage against GMO food is a bunch of misguided hysterical hogwash.
No it isn't hogwash my friend. Genetic diversity (and therefore natural sustainability) of plant species is being removed so that food production can be controlled by a small handful of multi-billion dollar corporations. One of the biggest challenges to the elite is a populace able to grow food and feed themselves with zero government intervention - as evidenced by the recent "Farmers Assurance Provision" aka the Monsanto Protection Act signed by Obama which prevents lawsuits from ever being brought to these companies for any misdeeds they may have committed or will commit in the future with their unproven GMO technologies.

Unless, of course, you like feeding your children tomatoes with genes that have been spliced with those of fish...

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

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#8 Jul 6, 2013
GMO doesn't bother me one bit. If you are afraid of GMO, then grow your own food. GMO is used to make insects leave the food alone, to combat disease, etc. The plants change naturally anyways, GMO just helps them evolve in a better way for humans and makes the food more compatible with the modern environment. You are eating food everyday that has been altered, you just never knew it. How do you think you can buy a box of strawberries that are exactly the same level of ripeness, or buy tomatoes that are perfectly red? We used to spray them with chemicals from a helicoptor, green one day, next day they were ready for harvest. Today they don't use as many chemicals, they do it with genetics, which is much safer and more appealing. Organic food is a rip-off, period. But if you want to pay three times as much for ugly food, then go along with Rosanne and the rest of the kooks. Rosanne should cut down on her intake of food, Period. That's her real problem. Whenever I hear Clooney, Rosanne, Pitt, Jolie, or any of the Hollywod drugged up whackos talk like they know something I have to laugh.

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

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#9 Jul 6, 2013
While I'm on the subject, do you know what "organic" food is? Do you know that one carrot out of ten makes the whole bag legally "organic" Same with all the vegetables and fruit. I grow organically myself, so don't think I'm knocking you, and I'd still have a hard time getting certified. I'm just explaining to you that organic is a misnomer used by people that want to sell you on their produce. Today I was at the local farmers' market, lots of "organic" vendors selling. But only ONE of them is certified organic. That would be Ma'o Farms, the rest are fakes. They just buy food, re-bag it, and add a percentage. And it's LEGAL to do. Sux, huh?

“Pass the sunscreen”

Since: May 11

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#10 Jul 6, 2013
Joe Balls wrote:
While I'm on the subject, do you know what "organic" food is? Do you know that one carrot out of ten makes the whole bag legally "organic" Same with all the vegetables and fruit. I grow organically myself, so don't think I'm knocking you, and I'd still have a hard time getting certified. I'm just explaining to you that organic is a misnomer used by people that want to sell you on their produce. Today I was at the local farmers' market, lots of "organic" vendors selling. But only ONE of them is certified organic. That would be Ma'o Farms, the rest are fakes. They just buy food, re-bag it, and add a percentage. And it's LEGAL to do. Sux, huh?
It's good to be a freeloading homesteader. Rite?
:)
District 1

Mililani, HI

#11 Jul 6, 2013
Joe Balls wrote:
While I'm on the subject, do you know what "organic" food is? Do you know that one carrot out of ten makes the whole bag legally "organic" Same with all the vegetables and fruit. I grow organically myself, so don't think I'm knocking you, and I'd still have a hard time getting certified. I'm just explaining to you that organic is a misnomer used by people that want to sell you on their produce. Today I was at the local farmers' market, lots of "organic" vendors selling. But only ONE of them is certified organic. That would be Ma'o Farms, the rest are fakes. They just buy food, re-bag it, and add a percentage. And it's LEGAL to do. Sux, huh?
MA`O is the bestest! "Downtown" at the Arts Building on S. Hotel serves the freshest salads I ever had.
Whenever I have jobs on Bishop and King, I go there for lunch. It's the real deal, and pretty reasonable!
anonymous proxy

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Jul 7, 2013
EAT ME

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#13 Jul 7, 2013
Ma'o is quite an operation. They exchange labor for college tuition and even pay for medical benefits for the student's family. I'm sure they are funded by some entity, but at least they are trying to do something positive.
Scotty AZ Phoenix AZ

Mililani, HI

#14 Jul 7, 2013
anonymous proxy wrote:
EAT ME
No, eat MA`O!

“Pass the sunscreen”

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#15 Jul 8, 2013
Ma'o, tax exempt freeloaders.
I wonder if anyone has done any soil testing to see what kind of contaminants are in the soil.
Lepto, Lead, DDT, PCB...etc....
District 1

Mililani, HI

#16 Jul 8, 2013
Ouch!
Really?
You mean the dregs of the Haole Sugar and Pineapple industry? I remember the heptaclor controversy of the 80s and the DDT trucks running through the plantation villages in the 60s and 70s.
No EPA issues are coming up today.
WTH?

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#17 Jul 8, 2013
District 1 wrote:
Ouch!
Really?
You mean the dregs of the Haole Sugar and Pineapple industry? I remember the heptaclor controversy of the 80s and the DDT trucks running through the plantation villages in the 60s and 70s.
No EPA issues are coming up today.
WTH?
The DDT panic was a hoax. DDT caused NONE of the problems that it was blamed for and is in use today all over the world except in the United States. Same with "Agent Orange," also known as Roundup. Roundup can be eaten by livestock within a couple of hours, yet the kooks would have us believe it's the most dangerous chemical on Earth. That's what happens when you listen to Hollywood celebrity "experts "instead of doing your own research.
The Infobomber

Ewa Beach, HI

#18 Jul 8, 2013
Joe Balls, GMO is about the CONTROL of humanity. How can you or anyone be so accepting of powerful multinational corporations in bed with big government putting PATENTS on fruits and vegetables as they are granted immunity from prosecution while experimenting with the natural genome of species that have been here hundreds of millions of years? As this is brand new technology, the long term effects of GMO consumption are completely unknown. Are you in the "eat GMOs now and see what happens later" camp? Not me, I'm in the SHUT IT DOWN NOW camp.

Joe Balls

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#19 Jul 8, 2013
Nothing makes you buy the GMO produce, the natural stuff is still readily available. The patents are there because the labs want to be paid for their product, research and development. This isn't done by a group of mad scientists out to dominate the world like Rosanne Barr says. GMO research has been going on for decades, from better rice strains during the Vietnam war, to corn that resists cornworm, to fruitfly resistant Papaya. If you've eaten corn in the last hundred years, you're already eating GMO'd food. Likewise if you've eaten any hybrids such as Nectarines, Tangelos, Seedless Watermelon, or seedless anything, for that matter. All grafted plants fruit are genetically altered, it's just done in a lab these days in months instead of in the field taking years.
District 1

Kailua Kona, HI

#20 Jul 8, 2013
If there were no GMOs, wouldn't that cause global starvation?
Globally, as people struggle to find enough food, wouldn't wars break out on a scale never before seen in history?
In 1935, as the world was edging toward global conflict, the population was just over 2 billion.
Today, it's close to 7 billion.
What is the anti-GMO plan to feed them?
Who gets to decide who starves?
The anti-GMO thinking does not seem to acknowledge that billions would die as a direct result of their policy.
Will their answer be, "Let them eat cake?"

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