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Your Views for April 5

Pono Choices opens discussion

My daughter participated in Pono Choices.

When I began to hear about the controversy, I asked her what she thought. Her response was along the lines of the content was factual and informative.

There were no videos of anyone having sex. The material wasn’t graphic — it was factual.

Homosexuality wasn’t a part of the discussion other than to point out you can get an STI from participating in gay sexual activity.

She really liked the lessons about good communication skills.

As a parent, I talk to my kids a lot and try to prepare them to deal with pressures that come their way.

The curriculum helped open this discussion up even further with the inclusion of the ohana activities.

K. Mendoza


What’s eating people?

More than 85 percent of food stuff sold in supermarkets contains some GMO-grown ingredients, including GMO-fed processed products and other foreign-imported items.

Seems easier to just label the non-GMO groceries vs. the vast majority of GMO-affiliated products.

Or set up a non-GMO food section in the supermarket, adjacent to the organic area they already have.

Well, assuming this is a facetious suggestion, it is cheaper than what is currently being considered. And the non-GMO proponents might be able to save some money, too, since the cost of implementing the GMO labeling will be distributed among all food items sold.

Moreover, it will alleviate our taxpayer-paid legislators of much of their time spent discussing, arguing and figuring out the GMO consequences.

Of course, labeling will eventually occur to reflect a more descriptive listing of content.

Monsanto is cognizant of the GMO fever, so it’s been developing new vegetable embracing conventional cross-breeding (meaning non-GMO, but with the advantages of high technology, which significantly decreases the time span of acquiring desired traits in plants. Computer modeling and genome marker identification enables much more accuracy vs. cross-breeding practices of the past).

These crops are being sold in supermarkets on the mainland and other countries, specifically bred to enhance characteristics of familiar fresh veggies. …

Maybe it’s nice to have controversy. It leads to less pollution, more fuel-efficient cars, handicaps stalls, etc.

Change is never comfortable.

Imagine being the first human to chomp into a tomato.

L. Fukuki



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