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More than 400 rallies were held across the country and around the world today to protest genetically modified foods and specifically the Monsanto Corporation, one of the leading companies when it comes to GMO foods.
Hundreds came out in Hawaii representing several groups, Babes Against Biotech, World Can’t Wait, Sustainable Coastlines, Da Hui just to name a few.
Some carrying signs, some dressed up, but all with one message.
“We want GMOs out of Hawaii we have been saying this we are getting stronger with that. We don’t just want them labeled we want them gone people are getting very sick,” Babes Against Biotech President, Nomi Carmona said.
Carmona is one of the rally organizers who’s been leading the fight for labeling of GMOs in Hawaii.
She believes Monsanto uses chemicals to modify foods which has been causing Hawaii residents to get cancer, allergies and be infertile.
“Locally the amount of land that Monsanto has the amount of testing how its harmful for both people and the environment,” World Can’t Wait, Liz Rees said.
We asked Monsanto for their side of the story.
Are you folks lying to the public?
“No, we take our business very seriously. Again our basis of our business surrounds the productivity of the farmer and so we go through extensive regulations between usda FDA and EPA,” Monsanto Community Affairs manager Alan Takemoto said.
Are ingredients in Monsanto’s products not being labeled not being told the public or are they being hidden?
“No, like I said the FDA has the authority and ability to label products when they seem or deemed should be labeled,” Takemoto said.
Takemoto says Monsanto’s primary focus is helping farmers be more productive with less.
“I think there’s a lot of misinformation about what we do and who we are and again we welcome anyone that’s wishing to know more about who we are,” Takemoto said.
“We really want our tourists and visitors and our legislators to think about how this is going to affect when already 30 countries banned GMOs,” Carmona said.
Dolly and Scott Peterson visiting from Minnesota didn’t mind the rally of protestors that went down Kalakaua Avenue.
“We’re totally for their cause we’re totally against artificial anything organic all the way. Its refreshing its great your people stand for what they believe in and I wish more people would do that, ” Scott Peterson said.
In March, House Bill 174 aimed at labeling GMOs was heard in the state senate but the committees opted not to advance the labeling bill.