When I heard it I could hardly believe it. I got in my car and drove straight to the young woman who went on a recent tour with A&B to hear about recent agriculture activities. Baffling news regarding Bt corn, Genetically Modified Maize.
CRITICAL TESTIMONY TO TRUTH FROM AUTUMN NESS HERE:
My mind swims with questions: “Back up. You mean they ALREADY planted and harvested Bt Corn??!! On Maui?” ……… How a company could turn from sugar to vinegar so fast just silenced me……….. “They are ignoring our No GMO ballot initiative of Maui’s voters?” …….. “Have they sold their souls to the devil?”….. “Is there any hope?”
I call a couple of my favorite ranchers. It appears a fast one has been pulled with a few speaking for the whole. The director of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Hawaii district was at the meeting but offered no testimony.
I pull it together, re-read my letters of inquiry to A&B that specifically ask about growing grass for professional grazers, grass-fed beef supporting endeavors and inquiry on all potential Maui ag projects. Letter of Inquiry here:
I’ve never felt like my time was wasted as much as this day. After hours of waiting to testify I distributed handouts that clearly stated the federal definition of Sustainable Agriculture and shared my thoughts. Testimony start point delay apology: I decided to pass out bananas as a reminder that our goal is to feed people. Video here:
There is massive misunderstanding of the safety of GM and BT Corn production and its effects on small communities and the planet. It would behoove every Maui County Council member to watch the following two movies to better prepare themselves for the sound science and new laws just around the bend.