As I have followed so many commenters from the anti-GMO club there is definitely a pattern. One one end you have the very vile, nasty, ones that have been fear mongered beyond recognition of a rational being. On the other end you have those that believe that consuming organic food is much more holier than thou art and wanting a label. Somewhere in between you have those that are anti-corporation, conspiracy theorists, and just plain old science deniers and earth saver greenie folks. Also in the mix you’ll find the ban it all group, who really have no clue the extent of this technology. It’s no wonder there are social workers, bus drivers, grandmas, pseudoscientists, criminals, entertainers, models, nurses, chemical sprayed doctors, religious preachers, radio hosts, MMA fighters, and surfers all in this mix. Approximately 4000 of these folks supposedly marched on Kauai a few months ago to speak for the people.
You know, if 4000 really were a true number of people joining in, can you imagine the manpower you have there in one area? They all marched along Rice Street for some distance that means the majority are all able bodied and has the potential to do something good with their energy. That energy and planning should be put to good use to put their money where their mouth is. I have a few suggestions for these marchers as far as how they could really strengthen their cause.
Help Kauai County Go Pesticide Free
We all know that they want less pesticide use by the seed corn farms that use 13% of the county’s total. Who is using the most pesticides then? It’s the county themselves!
Maybe on the next march, they can coordinate with the Kauai County to do a highway weed pulling patrol. Spread out 4000 people along the highway to pull at least 50 to 100 yards of weed each and wow, imagine how much less spraying will be done and less contamination too? You could do this every month and cut back or completely be pesticide free!
Another way that these marchers could help reduce pesticide use is to take advantage of the natural instincts of our little chihuahua terrier mixes that are so popular now. If may be 20 marchers brought out their little dogs to the power plants or kept them tied to the power poles a few days a week, we could cut down the need for using rat poison since these little dogs are bred to kill rats. Chemical free, all natural pest control at best which is what the anti-GMO club is demanding.
Start up the Save True Kauai Farms
It is pretty well known that Bette Midler is an anti-GMO activist also and she has lots of land on Kauai. She has 1400 acres of it too! We’d better alert Jessica Wooley because she doesn’t want to farm it for food but possibly grow hardwood trees on it. Wouldn’t it be great if she donated a nice piece of her land to start up a Save True Kauai Farm there? Or maybe a GMO/Pesticide Free farm there? You could get that guy who couldn’t lease land from the seed companies and maybe 100 of the marchers to even work on that farm. They appear to have lots of time since they were able to camp out at many of the hearings and stay really late there too. The anti-GMO club can have their dream turned in to reality where they can feed the people their way.
Many people there also hate the dust from tractors plowing the lands. If you take about 50 to 100 marchers and handed them a shovel and pick axe, you could plow a one acre field in no time with little to no dust cloud either. Then instead of using heavy equipment to plant the seeds, each of these folks can hand plant it all. Every few weeks they could come in again and do weed patrol too so that they don’t have to spray the dreaded weedkillers. You can also bring in more marchers to do bug patrol too and pick off bugs from the plants to keep less pesticides off of it. What a great way to teach the keiki to how to grow your own food and keep the dust and pesticides away!
Open an Ohana O Kauai Feed the Hungry Shelter
There are a lot of needy people across our islands and Kauai has its share. The anti-GMO club staunchly believe that the seed companies are not feeding the world in any way or form. With several thousands to volunteer and donate time, money, and energy, they could start showing the world their plan to feed the hungry because it is obviously more superior than what the other companies are doing. This would truly be a great and innovating cause to show how much they malama the people and the land.
Then End of the Poisoning of Paradise
The potential conversion of marchers and people rising up to support this way of agriculture is truly amazing because it can be put to good use. No one would have time to be sending death threats to the mayor, writing comments all over the social media, be exposed to less scary images on their Facebook feeds, accusing seed farm workers of killing babies and committing crimes against humanity, and will be able to live the natural healthy life that they all preach about. Human energy can be converted to good when you put your money where your mouth is. Volunteers anyone?
Last but not least…
Let’s do some math here… 4000 x $1.50 is $6000. If all the marchers paid a mere $1.50, their bill would be covered. Enough to pay the county back for their march and restore the county’s funds. If some of the attendees could afford plane tickets, I’m pretty sure they could afford that pocket change to participate. So has the Kauai County received some money to cover it yet???
- GMO Free Kauai: Everything is Justified (hawaiifarmersdaughter.com)
- The Representatives of the GMO Free Club of Kauai (nogmomeansnoaloha.com)
Do you think they’ll last a day? From just my few forays into gardening, i know i wouldn’t. Back in the good ol’ organic, pre-mechanical, pre-chemical days, it took one farm laborer to feed himself and two others. Now one feeds himself and as many as 176 others.
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