It has been 12 years since the devastating terrorist attack known as 9-11. In the years past, the world has seen more than its fair share of terrorism in many forms. Some people in the world are afraid to go outside for fear of car bombs.
However, most people in Hawaii don’t need to worry about this. Being so far away from other land masses and the strength of our aloha blood keeps our communities safe, but that has been changed.
Terrorism, by definition, “is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.” It has come to my knowledge that a terrorist attack has occurred on one of the local papaya farms in Pahoa. One hundred papaya trees were cut down. These papaya trees are the hard work of generations of immigrant farmers.
These papaya trees represent one of the only sustainable crops in Hawaii. These papaya trees represent the potential for revenue as these papayas are shipped all over the world, but now these papaya trees are a symbol of the terrorism that is being enacted by anti-GMO protesters.
It is interesting when a bill is presented proposing all papaya farms be cut down and burned that this incident occurs. It is also interesting that this occurs so close to a revelation by Mr. Jon Entine for Forbes Magazine discovering anti-GMO movements are being funneled thousands of dollars by outside organizations.
I will allow you to make your own conclusions. However, it is terrible and monstrous that farmers who have done nothing but support, feed and build a better future are being punished for doing their holy task of taking care of the world. Maybe the individuals who cut down these trees should take a page from the farmer — and from their own propaganda.
Makana Aloha Lariosa Agcaoili
I would like to respond to Mr. Richard Ha’s letter to the editor (Sunday, Sept. 29) scolding those who oppose GMO proliferation in Hawaii.
My husband and I are organic home gardeners, and about 70 percent of the fruits and vegetables we eat come from our land. When we buy produce, dairy products, meat, fish and other groceries we try our best to buy clean, local and organic.
I oppose proliferation of GMO crops and experiments on this precious island for three reasons.
1. I am not convinced it is safe to consume GMO products in the long run, especially those that are developed to resist harmful chemicals like Roundup.
2. The GMO industry has worked very hard and spent a lot of money to prevent labeling their products as GMO. I feel I have a right to know what I am buying, and what is in the products I choose. If GMOs are so safe, why are their proponents fighting so hard to keep us from knowing which products are GMO? GMOs should be labeled as such.
3. There is no way to keep pollen from traveling on the wind and therefore no way to keep my organic garden crops and seed from becoming GMOs themselves. Once that genie is out of the bottle, there is no putting it back in.
If Mr. Ha and his GMO proponents want me to stop fighting GMO proliferation in Hawaii, they need only to satisfy my three concerns.