Walter Ritte and his Hawaii SEED group are definitely helping farmers deal with issues, especially with papayas. They are spending lots of money to test for GMO “contamination” so they claim but what have they done to solve the real problem that was happening? *Crickets*
They did nothing. That’s right, literally nothing. When farmers were getting hit in the 1990’s by the ringspot virus, they were no where to be found. Nada, not around nothing. Here’s what Hawaii SEED has to say about themselves:
Hawai`i SEED incorporated as a non profit 501(c)(3) in September of 2005.
The corporation is organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to educate the public, government and business community about locally-based agricultural systems that create real food security for Hawai‘i and about the risk posed by certain agricultural and food systems while protecting human health and the environment.
Activities of Hawai‘i SEED include bolstering the community of sustainable farms and farmers throughout the state of Hawai‘i. By providing workshops to farmers, we hope to deemonstrate alternatives to genetic engineering. Hawai“i SEED facilitated the public testing of papayas for citizens throughout the state to determine if their fruit is contaminated with genetically engineered organisms.
Hawai‘i SEED also conducts general outreach to raise awareness about genetic engineering and alternatives to genetic engineering at public speaking events, and media outreach. We also give presentations to agricultural and other community groups about GMOs and their alternatives.
Note that they are not about research and contributing to agriculture but more about blocking what has been done with papayas. What is even more disturbing is this statement:
While the GMO Papaya is resistant to papaya ringspot virus, it brought many more problems than it solved. The GMO Papaya has closed lucrative export and organic markets and always has a low price point. This technology has come with too many strings attached and Hawaii has lost almost half of its papaya farmers.
This group constantly touts anti-GMO wording like contamination and so on to disparage papaya farmers and wonders why papayas don’t sell well. They proudly proclaim how they help test for GMO papayas but what good is that? Why not spend that money creating your non-GMO virus resistant papaya if you really want to have sustainable agriculture?
Then Hawaii SEED has to go on complaining how Hawaiian papaya is not being accepted in the worldwide market. Um, if you’d stop spreading untruths about it, maybe more consumers would not be so afraid of our Hawaiian fruit. Support all papaya farmers and maybe you can sell it better to help all farmers. Hawaii SEED is not about doing farmers good, they are about taking things away like all activists. They contribute nothing to Hawaii agriculture. That’s the bottom line with these folks because it is all about taking and not giving.
This group is a far cry from local folks too as we know it is being funded by outside contributors big time. The truth is that Mr. Ritte enjoys his papayas and doesn’t care if it is GMO or not because he knows that it is fine. Remember the March ag day Mr. Ritte?