Citizens Of Maui, Hawaii: Petition To Ban GMOs Ceremony.

Posted April 17, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force; in other words, the measure of the progress of civilization is the progress of the people.”

– George Bancroft (1800-1891) American historian

ocean77On April 7, 2014, the citizens of Maui County in Hawaii turned in their over 11,000 signatures calling for a ballot referendum to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from their region. The first speaker at a ceremony to mark the occasion noted that Jackson County, Oregon overcame $500,000 spent by genetic food manufacturers to pass a ban on GMOs in that region. He tells the men, women, and children in front of their government building that, since GMOs and their pesticides have come to Maui, the people’s disease rates have increased, and people are dying in higher numbers from cancer.

Another academic points out that he has never been asked to sign any consent form to allow GMOs and chemical pesticides in Maui County, just as every person who receives a flu shot does. He tells his fellow citizens that “we have the right to be heard on this.” An elderly doctor tells the people of Maui that after decades of poisoning the land, “at some point you have to stop poisoning the soil.” His view is that releasing life-forms into the environment is “an extremely risky experiment”, and that “we are coming to realize that we are that experiment.”

He says that scientists around the Earth – from South America, China, Europe, Russia –  are producing and publishing studies showing the harmful consequences of eating genetically modified foods. In those and other regions, men and women are becoming more and more aware of the negative impacts of GM food products; of genetically living modified organisms.

A local Native Hawaiian organic farmer speaks to the gathering: “Today we cleanse the land so that tomorrow plants will grow, and it will be a new day – a new beginning. They’ve brought us into this corner to awaken us – for us to say ‘enough already.’ We have earned the right to go to battle; they will bring us all of these documents, they will throw money. It ain’t about money. It ain’t about greed. It is about doing what is right.”

The film provides an inspirational example of what people are capable of when they take action to do what is right. The song by the young man has lines which point to the importance of understanding the idea of societal movements advocating for the majority of people and not just the few. He doesn’t mention if he wrote the song, but whether he did or not, it is music that speaks in an anthem-like way to current social justice, economic fairness, and peace initiatives which are growing worldwide.

Congratulations to the people of Maui!


The doctor in this short film (The Petition Turn-in Ceremony – The Day Everything Changed On Maui) mentions that scientific GMO studies from around the world are being posted on the organization’s website.

That website is:


(Thank you to ShakaMovement Maui at YouTube)

Hawaii Island GMO Ban Heard Around The World.

Satellite view of Hawaii archipellago (USA). F...
Satellite view of Hawaii archipellago (USA). Français : Vue satellite de l’archipel d’Hawaï (États-Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted December 19, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

On December 6 Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi signed Bill 113, banning GMO crops from the island. News of the legislative action by the Hawaiian people quickly led to positive reactions from an increasing number of men and women around the world who have awakened to the problems and dangers of GMO foods.

Passage of Bill 113, originally drafted by Hawaii councilwoman and attorney Margaret Wille, is an example of true democracy in action – in a process that began in May 2013 culminating in the GMO ban. The citizens of Hawaii Island have given people around the world encouragement in their efforts to maintain a healthy and nutritious food supply on the Earth, and will no doubt lead to similar legislation becoming written, debated, and passed in cities, counties, states, and nations around the world.

One of the strongest reasons for passage of Bill 113 on Hawaii Island, with its 12-month growing season, was the preservation of organic farms’ pristine certifications. If an organically certified farm becomes contaminated through cross-pollination of GMO from a neighboring farm, there is a very good chance the organic farmer will lose his certification as “organic”, jeopardizing sales to consumers and nations who want organic food only.

With the increasing worldwide trend by countries and food consumers toward labeling or outright banishment of GMO foods/crops, along with a higher demand for organic, Hawaii Island firmly decided to protect what will become an increasing share of the world’s agricultural sales – non-GMO, organic food. So, Bill 113 protects both the health and well-being of Hawaiian citizens in insuring good food, while looking out for the economic future paradigm shift toward organic.

There are strong indications pointing to a severe downturn in sales of GMO foods/crops around the world moving forward. Biotech industry suppression of the truth regarding the negative health effects humans and animals experience from eating GMO foods has become ineffective, as recent long-term studies have shown rats fed GMOs suffering from a variety of very serious health problems – including cancer.

All nations and regions around the world would exhibit wisdom by requiring GMO labeling, long-term studies by independent scientists, and moratoriums or outright banning. This is a wisdom that first, and most importantly, looks out for the health and well-being of citizens, animals, and all life forms, and second, looks at the devastating negative economic consequences of decreased future sales in the world’s agricultural marketplace.

One can look at the passage of Bill 113 in Hawaii as the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” for those who have been pro-GMO. Perhaps the most direct way to say this is as follows.

You may want to seriously consider selling any stocks you own that read Monsanto.


The following video is of a short speech by Bill 113’s author, councilwoman and attorney Margaret Wille from May 25, 2013. Thank you Ms. Wille and all the men and women from Hawaii who showed the rest of the world what true democracy looks like.