Hawaiian Electric Company Promotes Greenpeace Pseudoscience

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I recently received this lovely, glossy magazine from Hawaiian Electric Company in the mail a few weeks ago that I decided to browse through it.

As I was reading through it, two things caught my eye.  Note what this has to say about ways to improve your health by eating more fruits and veggies, but to go organic.  Hmm…  There is no mention that there isn’t a significant benefit found for eating organic though but it touts it.

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Then there’s one about The Environmental Working Group’s advice on sunscreens.  That’s the same group that does the list of dirty produce which is a scam piece of advice also.

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Then there was also this one too in there about drinking alcohol.

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The most disconcerting statement on their list is this one, “Cook Without Chemicals.”  Um, HECO, everything is made of chemicals!  Even the American Cancer Society does not support this statement.

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If you are going to promote being efficient and lowering our impact on earth, going organic doesn’t translate to a more healthful product according to studies comparing it.  Just the labeling of something can influence one to have a different idea about it even it if is the same.  HECO is promoting this kind of information without any source and then people just believe it.  It also makes people who can afford organic feel bad for purchasing conventional food for no reason.  Shouldn’t this publicly funded organization be considering the evidence when it publishes things like this?  Isn’t that the responsible thing to do?  I’d think so.

The worst offending piece of information that I found in there was this gem.  Come on now HECO, Greenpeace?!  Really?

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I always find it interesting that I get these mailers about going “green” in the mail since how many people actually read it and will use the information before it hits the trash can?  Is that really going green?  I also learned a tip or two from my brother that these kind of magazines with gloss coatings are not recyclable either and aren’t too biodegradable either.  I’m starting to realize that this green movement is kind of like a sham full of hypocrisy!

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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.

The First Kamiya Farmers

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:

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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

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

Aloha,

Joni Rose

The Hawaii Farmer’s Daughter