Modified taro varieties ignite farmer...

Modified taro varieties ignite farmers' fears - Hawaii News

There are 41 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 30, 2009, titled Modified taro varieties ignite farmers' fears - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Native Hawaiian Lyn Scott said she fears genetically modified taro could contaminate the Hawaiian taro grown by her family for generations in East Maui.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

First Prev
of 3
Next Last
Hookoa

Laredo, TX

#1 Jun 30, 2009
Luddite attitudes propagate backward thinking.

Worldwide, isolated native groups become extinct from this mindset.

"I don't think we need to make it better."
Increasing resistance to disease just saves your livelihood.
Attempting to preserve cultural practices that don't work in the long run, will eventually delete that cultural practice.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#2 Jun 30, 2009
Stuck in the 1200's...forget progress, the word has no Hawaiian translation.
Mike

United States

#3 Jun 30, 2009
Even the Indians agree with Genetically Modified Corn.
Label GMO Produce

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jun 30, 2009
I dont eat papaya that is not organic. The GMO papaya was never tested for human safety and there is no safety test data. Wait... we ARE the test (without our permission)!!!
Label GMO Produce

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jun 30, 2009
Mike wrote:
Even the Indians agree with Genetically Modified Corn.
With all due respect Mike, I believe you are misinformed.

This interview is with a Native American elder about GMO corn.
Monsanto and others are transforming our seeds. I want to give my words to the world that these seeds are dying because many of these seeds are transgenics now. Our dances, our songs are for the Gods, for Grandmother. And I ask everyone to pray for these seeds.
The seeds are for all the people. They donít belong to nobody. They belong to all the people of the world.
*Watch interview for much much more.

http://www.knewways.com/...
Label GMO Produce

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jun 30, 2009
In southern Mexico, the place where corn was born, this original gift of Indian America is now in danger of extinction. Genetically modified corn imported from the United States is rapidly blending with indigenous corn varieties. It carries high potential for destroying the local strains and threatens to obliterate the central source of food for millions of Indian agriculturalists. The problem lies not only in Mexico. Indian farmers in the United States and organic farmers in Canada have raised the alarm on this serious problem of genetically modified plants contaminating natural varieties of local and regional farming cultures.

http://www.biotech-info.net/integrity.html
Flexo

Kula, HI

#7 Jun 30, 2009
Let those who want to grow the GMO varieties grow it, and those who don't want to grow it can keep on doing what they do. As noted, taro is propagated through cuttings and not pollination.
Could there be some selfish motives behind a ban. Right now poi is comparatively expensive and sometimes hard to get. Would using a new variety increase production, thus increasing the availability and possibily lowereing the price.
Label GMO Produce

Honolulu, HI

#8 Jun 30, 2009
With all due respect Mr. Hahimoto, injecting rabies virus genes into tomatoes is not a natural part of evolution.

A slightly different use of viruses in crops, is to make wild animals immune to disease. Genes from the rabies virus have been put into tomatoes, to provide a cheap and easy mass vaccine. The theory is that when wild animals eat the tomatoes they will become immunized against rabies. A good idea? A process called genetic recombination is the ability for these new viral genes, to join wild viruses in plants or animals. This combination of the two virus codes could produce a super virus, which could kill animals, crops, and people - it would be a brand new virus, and nothing would be immune to it.

http://alternativemedicinetruth.blogspot.com/...
Grant

Honolulu, HI

#9 Jun 30, 2009
If farmers would quit buying GMO seeds, the market would collapse and GMOs would go away. But farmers like GMOs. They like the increased yields. They like using fewer pesticides (which, as opposed to GMOs, really do kill people). The like saving fuel and conserving soil from having to till less. And they don't mind at all paying every year to have these traits in their seeds.

The only thing that will put a snake oil hawker out of business is if nobody buys his product. Maybe the environmental groups should leave Monsanto alone and focus their energy on farmers; big ones, small ones, any on them that plant GMOs. They must be stopped!!

So who are the taro farmers growing GMO taro? That's right, there aren't any. Why? Because there is no GMO taro available to be planted in Hawaii. UH's patents were on traditional hybrids, not GMOs. This is legislation for legislations sake. The day after the bill is passed, nothing has changed; There is still no GMO taro.

What a waste of time.
Kaimuki

Mililani, HI

#10 Jun 30, 2009
I hope we all understand what's REALLY going on here. Monsanto and other bio tech companies are trying to patent the entire world's food supply. Our courts are letting this happen, its ridiculous.
Xie Xie

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jun 30, 2009
We in farming should trust in science. The Nieue taro was wiped out in Samoa from the leaf spot fungus. Another fungus the "Black Sigatoka" will eventually cause the Cavendish bananas (Williams, Chinese Dwarf, et al) to become extinct. Imua for science !!!!!
Label GMO food

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jun 30, 2009
The most common types of genetic modification of crops at the moment are altering them to be resistant to herbicides and altering them to be more tolerant to biotic stresses (pests and diseases) and abiotic stresses (drought, low temperature, salinity). The reason behind these modifications is to be able to grow stronger crops that need fewer herbicides and other pesticides which would benefit the environment. The problem with modifying plants to be resistant to herbicides is that this will also cause the weeds to become increasingly resistant to these herbicides. This defeats the whole purpose of the genetic engineering and will actually result in a need to use either more herbicides or to switch to more toxic chemicals, causing an increased pollution of soil and ground water.

http://www.veganpeace.com/organic/gmo.htm

Since: Apr 08

Los Angeles

#13 Jun 30, 2009
Whatever the counties decide, it's good to have these things in reserve in case we need them.
Lolo Locals

Washington, DC

#14 Jun 30, 2009
"Hashimoto said many plants, including corn, have been genetically modified as part of evolution. "Even humans are mutations."

Not these anti-progress locals. They are obviously still Neanderthals living in the past.
ewa

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jun 30, 2009
Interesting how indigenous practice and knowledge has always been juxtaposed with "science", as if they are opposites, as if kanaka maoli never had science as stewards of this land that could feed thousands without matson ships. Interesting how "going green" is this new trend when all along, indigenous folks have been living green for thousands of years. This is a global issue. Example: the Anishinaabeg people of Minnesota fighting GMO wild rice...
Haloa/kalo is much much more than a food source - it's our genealogy.
Just because you have the technology to do something doesn't mean you have the right to do it in the name of "science". I'm not totally against "western science" and its gmos, but I am very very alarmed at the gross imbalance of power giant companies have versus local farmers. Too often we have seen that their priorities are not the environment, the people, etc, but their own pockets at any cost...
Koo Koo

Kailua, HI

#17 Jun 30, 2009
You mokes and moke wannabes don't own taro. Taro is a polynesian word coined in Tahiti, but it originated in Malaysia. Maybe they should do their genetic modification there or any place where their money is welcome. Read on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taro

“a”

Since: Apr 09

a

#18 Jun 30, 2009
Maybe a smarter plant will have the same affect on the consumers.
give me a break

Kaneohe, HI

#19 Jun 30, 2009
SOMEBODY ELSE LOOKING FOR THEIR 15 MIN. OF FAME.......BY GETTING THEIR NAME AND PICTURE IN THE PAPER.......HOW SAD, THEIR NEED FOR ATTENTION.....

Still from Kaneohe....
give me a break

Kaneohe, HI

#20 Jun 30, 2009
LABEL GMO PRODUCE-----LABEL GMO FOOD----

I GUESS UNEMPLOYMENT IS VERY BAD IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS AND KAILUA KONA HI.......IT SEEMS YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO BUT "RIGHT" BLOGS ON "YOUR ENEMY GMO SEEDS AND FOODS".......

JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A VEGAN-----LEAVE US MEAT EATING CARNIVORS ALONE....

YOU AND I CHOSE TO DO OR EAT WHAT WE WANT---PLEASE FIND SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE TO DO, LIKE TAKING A LONG WALK OFF A SHORT PIER.......

Still from Kaneohe....
Who Needs Farmers

Honolulu, HI

#21 Jun 30, 2009
I get my food from the grocery store.
As long as there is plenty of food - at relatively low prices - there will be resistance to science that improves production. Note SCIENCE, not cultural practices. If a disease comes in and wipes out a particular crop, the screams about why CTAHR and the state didn't do anything about it will be deafening. Or if we have a food shortage, there will be riots. But until then, the average, scientifically illiterate consumer will listen to the rhetoric of the uninformed and believe that all we have to do is "be organic" and there will be food a plenty for everyone in the world.
But hey, grasshopper, why prepare for the future. Eat, drink and be merry now, the ant will take care of you in the future.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 3
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Maui County Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Maui County Music Thread (Aug '13) Feb 20 Musikologist 13
Maui County Criminal Mugshots and Arrests Rec... (Oct '16) Jan '18 Elizabeth 3
Coal miner looking for a new life (Sep '14) Jul '17 Anonymous 2
maui courthosue one trillion dollars cash money... (Jan '17) Jan '17 liar hilo 1
Seeking info on Charles Ray Bunch (Apr '11) Dec '16 JD Lloy 7
Delta Air Lines Background Check (Nov '16) Nov '16 Jeffrey 2
hawaii helicopter let one million die july 2010 (Oct '16) Oct '16 hawaiiheli 1
More from around the web