Film Premiere: Stop Monsanto From Poisoning Hawai’i

PLEASE WATCH THIS MOVIE AND SPREAD IT EVERYWHERE! My friend Kevin from Hawai’i GMO Justice produced this film. It’s extremely important that we get this information out there.

Direct link for sharing: http://youtu.be/uZgrOFjhzdg

 

Film Description:
For over 20 years, Hawai’i has been the global center for the open-field testing of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), including pharmaceutical crops. Over 5,000 experimental tests have been conducted by Monsanto, Dow, Dupont/Pioneer, Syngenta and BASF that spray chemicals on an almost daily basis on our most valuable lands. They are supported by tax-breaks, and beneficial relationships with landowners, regulators and politicians. We estimate GMO companies own or lease 40,000 — 60,000 acres that are sprayed with over 70 different chemicals.

A new vision for Hawai’i would promote small farms that grow chemical-free produce, Continue reading

Video: GMO Town Hall Meeting – Kapolei

Check this video recap of the GMO Town Hall Meeting in Kapolei from last week. Some great speakers were there! Mary Oyama, Dr. Hector Valenzuela, Jeri Di Pietro, Walter Ritte and Hesh Goldstein.

Save Haleiwa Farmers Market

Yes, the rumors are true! The Hawaii State Dept. of Transportation is trying to shut down our beloved Haleiwa Farmers Market. Apparently the strip of asphalt that houses the market every Sunday morning used to be a roadway entrance to Haleiwa town…13 years ago! In 1993, the bypass road was built, rendering the old roadway a barren strip of unused land…until the opening of HFM just three years ago. Because the strip of land is still on the books as a roadway, and it is illegal to vend from a highway, the DOT is calling foul and telling us to pack our bags. In an act of boldness and careless disregard, these bureaucratic dip sh*ts had the balls to send a cease and desist last week, telling us to shut down within five days. However ,after a massive public outcry and some scathing media reports, they decided to let us stick around for another three weeks and figure it out.

Without HFM, there is a good chance there would be no E1T1 Farms or Bokashi Bucket. The market was my platform to test my new business idea, develop my products and services and build up a customer base. I am so stoked to wake up early Sun mornings and go to the market to talk with people about things I’m extremely passionate aabout. HFM has and still serves as an incubator for mine and other local entrepreneur-run businesses. These are businesses that are growing and employing others in the community. The market has flourished into an important piece in the economic engine of the North Shore, that will negatively impact that machine if it is removed. A move like this will directly impact the lives of our farmers and our ability to have access to locally grown food.

YOU can help save Haleiwa Farmers Market by doing the following:

1. Sign the petition HERE and then share it on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc.

2. Write to our representatives and tell them how you feel.

3. Tell people. Be vocal! Call, email, tweet, write, FB friends and family. Here are some news stories that you can share:

The fishy flap over a farmers’ market – By Howzit Howard (HI News Now)

Rally to Save Haleiwa Farmers Market (Hi News Now video report)

North shore vendors hold breath for uncertain decision in treasured market

3. Come to the market these next two weeks. Now is more important time than ever to show support by coming to the market and shopping there. Let’s show these bureaucrats that we want it to stay right where it is.

Mahalo for your time and support.

TODAY: GMO Labeling Rally at HI State Capitol

Please be there if you can people. We need numbers to show our legislators that we demand to know what’s in our food!

Throw To Grow Profile Series: Matthew Lynch / Permablitz HI

“Growing your own food is one of the most radical and revolutionary acts that you can possibly do.” Matthew Lynch

In this installment of the Throw To Grow Profile Series, we meet Matthew Lynch. Founder of The Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design and permaculture guru. Matthew Lynch has lived several lives. Once a banker, Matt built a small fortune in his 20’s and then lost it in the economic shit storm of 2006/07. Matthew saw oppurtunity where many of us saw devastation. Matt did what most of us dream to do. He traveled the world.
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GMO Activism in HI Needs Your Help TODAY

HELP is needed! Please Call TODAY!, Feb 7, 10am – 4pm we are asking everyone to go in person or call the phone numbers below. One of these politicians must allow a bill to be heard in their committee, in order for a GMO labeling law to be passed this year.
The 2012 Hawaii State Legislature is only in session January to May .

DEADLINE for the House to hear in the first of THREE committees is Feb 9
PLEASE FLOOD THESE OFFICES WITH YOUR CALLS ON TUES. & POLITELY DEMAND THESE BILLS HAVE HEARINGS! please note the nature of the leg. is that bills get moved to different committees~so things change. This is the best current info we have. Every call gets logged and makes a difference. Hold in your INTENTION that all OF these bills will have a hearing and be supported ❤

Senator Rosalyn Baker~ 808-586-6070
SB 2478 GMO labeling

Senator Clarence Nishihara~ 808-586-6970
SB 2279 GMO labeling whole foods
SB 2891

Senator Carol Fukunaga~ 808- 586-6890
SB 2190 GMO labeling fish

Representative Clift Tsuji~ 808-586-8480
Biotech Legislator of the Year
HB 2031GMO labeling Joint meeting with Health
HB 2101 GMO labeling fish
HB 2746 GMO labeling whole foods

Representative Ryan Yamane Office~ 808-586-6150
HB 2031 GMO labeling Joint meeting with Ag
HB 2034 GMO labeling disclosure Joint meeting with Ag

DO NOT CALL Senator Green 586.9385 regarding SB 2443 and SB 2478. He introduced those bills, so he is obviously supporting them.

E1T1 and Throw To Grow in the News!!

Yesterday, Monday Feb 6, the Honolulu Star Advertiser published an awesome article on Each One Teach One Farms and our Throw To Grow project. Check it out below!

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