Google and the Agent Orange from Ace Hardware

I am so glad for the nice feature on here with the comments that can be moderated.  It never fails that you will get some winners lurking out in the social media to post some winning comments on a blog.

Meet someone named John D Blair who posted these two lovely comments.  This is exactly what I’ve been talking about with the anti-GMO club’s tactics with commenting.

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Here’s some simple research about the active ingredient in Agent Orange that John is referring to just by doing a simple Google search:

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Then if you do another search of where you can buy this active ingredient, you’ll easily find it at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Lowes, pest control stores, and other similar stores even Amazon.

What people like John Blair do don’t like so many other anti-GMO club members is more research.  Think!  If the active ingredient in Agent Orange is still around, why is it being sold in stores?  Well, you can’t even get to that step if you don’t research in the first place.  Well, I like to educate so here’s what I found while searching the issues with Agent Orange.

Look up it up in Google, “Why was Agent Orange so toxic?”  Well, if you read the whole entry you’ll find this as your reason for the toxicity.  The answers are all there, if you take the time to read and know your stuff.  (I am purposefully having you click on the links listed to read for yourself what it says.  This is how one can learn to research.)

The thing with these kind of folks is that they can never believe that someone who speaks out for biotech is not paid.  It’s an easy dismissal in one’s mind to say that.  How could anyone even consider such a thing?  The truth is that more folks are speaking out about this issue and doing it for free is unfathomable.  I can honestly tell you that I receive no monies whatsoever from the biotech industry for writing this blog.  It did however set me back about $150 or so out of my own pocket and it is not a going to be a tax deduction either.   I haven’t formed my own non-profit activist group status either.  I’m just a farmer’s daughter who is willing to speak out and clear up the muck.

So Mr. John D Blair, if you could kindly take off those Monsanto glasses, you may actually think a bit more clearer.  And you might want to take a lesson in how do to a simple Google search to find an answer before making a comment.


An Open Letter to Hawaii Politicians about Agricultural Technology

Dear Governor, Legislators, Senators, Representatives, County Council Members, City Council Members,

I am writing to you as a daughter of a long time farmer, Kenneth Kamiya.  Our family has been long time farmers for over 4 decades on the Windward side on Oahu.  My grandfather farmed the land with beans, Okinawan potatoes, cucumbers and finally papaya, which my dad and brother continue to this day.  I am asking for your support in these contentious times of dealing with the issue of agricultural technology, specifically GMOs.

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I speak out not only for our family but for all other families in our islands who use this technology to run the farms that they do.  Our state cannot afford to be left behind because of the maligned fears of the public of this technology.  You as a leader also have to be able to separate fears created by the black marketing strategies and consider the evidence that is presented.  That is your responsibility to us as your constituents, even though the farmers and ranchers make up 1-2% of the public.  Those are the voices that should ring loud and clear in your minds.

What does the evidence show us?  Worldwide, there is a consensus that biotechnology is safe.  Read below for the worldwide organizations that have made statements about biotechnology in food:


Given this evidence, will you accept what the worldwide scientific community states?  Or will you fall prey to the fear mongering of the environmentalists and the organic industry’s tactics like this:

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The public sure has become beleaguered with fear which is evident when you see these kind of events happening across our islands:

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The same people that join in these protests are so fear mongered that they have even done this to farmers or anyone who speaks out for biotechnology:

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Activist groups too are guilty of promoting hate and crop destruction as in this meme from the Babes Against Biotech with Roseanne Barr’s quote:

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Notice how much hate there is because fear has made many people irrational already.  Ignorance is evident here in many of these comments.  And it’s not pretty to be at the receiving end of it.

We know that many of you have become the receiving end of these activists, especially the Babes Against Biotech who went after Senator Nishihara last year.  We know that many of you have also been portrayed as targets too.

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As a result, not many people want to speak out for agricultural technology here and when you do, many times, you get threats like this sent to you.  Here’s one I personally received a few days ago:

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Or you might get called a name or something, but it doesn’t bother me for I know what the truth is:

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So when leaders like you decide to reject the evidence presented, you are feeding and fueling fear.  This same fear happens because so many people have little to no knowledge about agriculture or the technology around it.  They may be loud and demanding but you must also listen to the quiet ones who toil in the fields every day.  My family like so many others are just regular people who want to have access to the tools to do the job we have at hand, which is to feed people the best way possible.

Kenneth Kamiya, my dad

Kenneth Kamiya, my dad

When it comes time to listening to your constituents, all I ask is that you listen to your most valuable ones.  The farmers!


Joni Rose

The Hawaii Farmer’s Daughter