Fields of gold - Hawaii Business

Fields of gold - Hawaii Business

There are 13 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 26, 2009, titled Fields of gold - Hawaii Business. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Drivers passing by a stretch of Farrington Highway in Waialua on Oahu's North Shore likely have seen a field of sunflowers reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting.

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Honolulu, HI

#1 Dec 26, 2009
The sunflower seeds are evaluated for quality standards in Hawaii, and if approved, the same varieties are grown and harvested in California.

Where is the evaluated test data that these GMO seeds are safe for human consumption and exposure. There is none.

This is a waste of AG land in Hawaii. Hawaii Ag land should be used to grow food Hawaii residents can eat.
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Honolulu, HI

#2 Dec 26, 2009
Sunflower oil, said to be high in vitamin E and low in saturated fats, is also sold in many health food stores.

Which health food store sells GMO sunflower oil and why is this product not labeled as such?

I want the freedom to choose to eat GMO food or not. Consumers needs food security.

Since: Nov 09

Kula, HI

#3 Dec 26, 2009
Pioneer HiBrew grew sunflowers last year but destroyed the field, but not before the seeds spread around the northshore area. There were sunflower plants popping up all around the area. GMO or not, it makes no sense to introudce a plant that can grow in the wild to the area.
Waialua Lives

Honolulu, HI

#4 Dec 26, 2009
... the approval, however weak, should Absolutely apply to Hawai'i; as they do in CA.
Waialua Lives

Honolulu, HI

#5 Dec 26, 2009
The HI Public Library has many important books to read in regards to GMO's and biotechnology. Many scientists and activists are in a race (against corporations modification and patenting of life) to produce books and media in order to educate the public on the dangers of corporate seed control, modification/testing. This is a very interesting topic...I see it as one of the most important of our time. We have scientists here that are releasing most anything into our ecosystem through their introduction into the plants they modify. Plants cross polinate infecting non-gmo plants with the bio testing plants genes And the pollen effects the insects...we have more diversification in insect life in Hawai'i than anywhere else on earth! Our ecosystem is spiritually and LEGALLY protected! Survival of our species depends on a respect for the integrity of our highly evolved relationship with plants, water, soil...
My lineage runs through this land and I am resent corporate BIOLOGICAL TESTING being done around me and my family! I demand transparency and informed community votes N O W ! kNOw gmo's

San Diego, CA

#6 Dec 26, 2009
Perhaps "DuPont the miracles of Science"
could share some of their science with European suppliers and consumers since they claim that (taken from their website) "Innovative and customer-focused, Pioneer is a leader in the agriculture industry and upholds the highest standards."

European comsumers and all of our health food stores in Hawaii are akamai to the documented health consequences of consuming these untested products.

And if Pioneer is such an innovative company, perhaps they can be a good neighbor to the North Shore community
and conduct (and disclose), and "uphold the highest standards", soil samples once the sunflowers are tilled back into the land. It would also be interesting to test the internal organs, in particular, the gut linings of the goats after consuming these plants.

Yes, driving past "a field of sunflowers reminicent of a Van Gogh painting" is easier on the eyes than Mililani/Ewa style housing tracts, but come on Hawaii, locally grown food for residents, produced by residents is what this designated ag land should be used for.

And where are the farmers coming from to produce this food? On Oahu alone, new and innovative emerging models are being created which are renewing interest in regenerative food systems among young people. FOOD SECURITY NOW!

Kailua, HI

#7 Dec 26, 2009
United Kingdom: The Church of England has refused permission for GE crop trials on 60,000 hectares of its land, dozens of local authorities supply GE free school lunches, while the House of Commons has banned GE food for its catering. The Island of Jersey has banned GE crops.

Spain: The Basque government has imposed a five-year blanket moratorium for GMOs. The provinces of Castilla-La Mancha and Baleares have banned GE food, while Andaluc'a declared a five-year moratorium on GE crops trials and food.

Italy: Bans on GE crops in four regions - Tuscany, Molise, Lazio and Marche - and 25 provinces, cities and communes, including Rome, Milan, Turin, Brescia, and Genoa.

Greece: Ban on AgrEvo herbicide resistant rapeseed, moratorium on GE crop trials.

France: Ban on PGS and AgrEvo herbicide resistant rapeseed.

Luxembourg: Ban on Novartis Bt maize.

Portugal: Ban on Novartis Bt maize.


Brazil: Ban on the planting of GE seeds. The states of Rio Grande do Sul and Mato Grasso do Sul have declared their intentions to remain GE-free. 18 states have called upon the central government to block commercial GE crop planting.

Paraguay: The Ministry of Agriculture plans to ban the commercial planting
of GE crops.


Saudi Arabia: Ban on GE food and declared not to import GE wheat.


United States of America: Maryland has banned GE fish. There are various bills calling for moratoria on GE food (Vermont), and bans on GE wheat (North Dakota and Montana) have been filed within the last year. Several municipalities have declared moratoria on GE food (Burlington, Vermont), bans of GE crops (City of Boulder, Colorado), or urged the federal government to ban GE food (City and County of San Fransisco, California).


14 South Pacific countries - American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu - have Recommended a moratorium on the import of GMOs pending the implementation of appropriate national risk assessment and risk management procedures.

Australia: Ban GE rapeseed as weed in Tasmania, and a ban on commercial planting of GE crops in Western Australia. Australian States have been given the right to declare themselves GE free. Some communities (e.g. Bondi/Sydney, West Wimmera Shire) have declared themselves GE free.

New Zealand: Trials of GE salmon have been blocked by the government. Some local bodies in Auckland and Wellington have declared themselves GE free.

Keaau, HI

#8 Dec 26, 2009
This story is a nice piece of Propaganda. First of all, I don't believe that it says anywhere that the Sunflowers planted are GMO variety, but in another breath, proclaims Pioneer Hi-Bred a Biotech Company, leaving the reading to make assumptions.

In 2006, the entire us Rice supply was found to be contaminated with a GMO strain that escaped from the Monsanto Funded University of Louisiana's Biotech Research center. This adulteration of the United States Rice Crop caused billions of dollars in losses when the export market refused the contaminated rice. These are the facts that the Biotech industries tries very hard to keep from widespread dissemination, and to do that, they use Happy Puppy Puff Pieces like this story in the Star Bulletin, a failing newspaper that is happy to get payoffs from the deep pocketed Corporations that write storys for them.

Obama has proven that he is just another face to the Corporate Friendly Clinton DLC, and he has proven in by reappointing Michael Taylor from Monstanto back to a post in the USDA.

Nobody asks the real questions regarding the push toward biotech, such as the fact that the nations soils are mostly depleted, and that food crops won't even grow with massive inputs of fertilizers and pesticides because the soil is so out of balance. They dump tons of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium and basical produce good looking plants, with no regards tot he trace elements that actually make up the nutrients in food. They can, because it would be too expensnsive, so they made a deal with the USDA to never test the nitritional quality of food from different regions of the world, which would clearly show the wild variations in nutrition that depends on the fertility of the soil.

We might as well be eating plastic fruit and vegetables. It's filling, has lots of Sugar, and looks like what we used to call food, but in reality it's just a prop in the Hollywood marketing campaign for the Big Ag Corporations.

Ocean View, HI

#9 Dec 26, 2009
That is scary if the seeds are being scattered around, birds are the most likely vector. The sunflowers that "volunteer" outside of the test area will cross pollinate with already existing weeds and pretty soon you have the weed that ate oahu. When you shield a plant from being knocked out by it's natural controls like fungi other plant predators, you give that plant carte blanche to over-run the existing forest and fields. The company can spend the extra bucks to contain their experiments, other wise it's time to pull in the welcome mat to adventurers that don't care what damage they leave behind.

Keaau, HI

#10 Dec 26, 2009
swannie wrote:
That is scary if the seeds are being scattered around, birds are the most likely vector. The sunflowers that "volunteer" outside of the test area will cross pollinate with already existing weeds and pretty soon you have the weed that ate oahu. When you shield a plant from being knocked out by it's natural controls like fungi other plant predators, you give that plant carte blanche to over-run the existing forest and fields. The company can spend the extra bucks to contain their experiments, other wise it's time to pull in the welcome mat to adventurers that don't care what damage they leave behind.
What people don't realize is that the BioTech companies already know that it would be impossible to contain an escaped GMO variety, and have bought the State of Hawaii as the initial testing ground, simply because of its status as the most isolated archipelago in the World, thus containing any environmental disaster and keeping it for destroying the ecosystem on the mainland.

Some of the nastiest GMO's are tested here, some of which iclude the production of Pharmaceuticals and Human Proteins. What they don't tell you is that now the plants have similar proteins found in the Human Body, thus providing ample opportunity for bacteria, fungi, and viruses to adapt to this resource prior to ever invading a human host. These organisms have all the time in the world to adapt to utilizing these proteins in a plant host, and are a potential time bomb ticking away in our own backyard.

The scientist are so specialized, that they fail to see the significance because it would adversely affect their bottom line.

Ocean View, HI

#11 Dec 26, 2009
The Scott lawn products company was running some experiments in Oregon where they were growing roundup resistant lawn turf. The genes got loose in the local ditch grasses and guess what? Weed control isn't so simple anymore for the Oregon highway maintenance people in that area. Wind, insects and birds spread the pollen and seeds far and wide, unless confined in a green house.

Kailua, HI

#12 Dec 27, 2009
Sounds like the end of the world - Thanks Pioneer.


#13 Dec 27, 2009
Far out!!!!!!!!

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