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article imageOp-Ed: Occupy Monsanto Maui – a Hawaiian protest with aloha

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By Anne Sewell     Feb 24, 2012 in Food
Kihei - There has been much news on the internet - mainly outside of the mainstream media - about the possible dangers of genetically modified foods (GMO’s). Occupiers on Maui are actively protesting against Monsanto and Big Agriculture.
Occupy Maui has recently concluded a week of actions in protest against the Monsanto GMO crops taking over the farmlands on Maui, Hawaii. They say that these crops are infringing on their local organically grown crops and are polluting their fields.
The actions were to protest what they consider to be the desecration of Hawaii’s beautiful green farmlands by Monsanto and Big Agriculture.
According to Occupy Maui, the following protests happened over the week from 23 January until 30 January 2012:
Monday - Roundup Day
Protesters were invited to plant a “Roundup-themed garden” at the occupation site to expose the most widely used herbicide in the U.S.
Tuesday - Agent Orange Day
For those that don’t already know it, the Monsanto company produced Agent Orange, which has caused so much devastation in Vietnam, and is still affecting the health of the Vietnamese even today with terrible birth defects and cancer.
Protesters marched from the occupation site and joined Maui Unite! at a rally in solidarity with activists across the U.S. This was the day of the annual Monsanto shareholders meeting in St Louis. Protesters marched past acres of Monsanto’s test crops and arrived and “symbolically died” at the north gate.
Wednesday - GMO Day
A rally was held in Kahului to help spread information on the health and environmental effects of GM products on people, the islands and Hawaii’s Aina. People were taught how GMO’s have affected the fragile ecosystem of Hawaii and what can be done to protect the biodiversity of the islands.
Thursday - Government Corruption Day
A march to Wailuku to protest Monsanto’s influence in government through lobbies, campaign contributions and other nefarious means.
Friday - Occupy Aloha Friday
A special music and information-sharing event was held at the college – Occupy with Aloha. See music video above.
Saturday - Get To Know Your Food Day
This was a protest to occupy the local farmers’ markets and fruit stands for a day of teach-ins, music and good, organic local food.
Sunday - Vigil for For The Small Farmer
An event was held at the occupation site to celebrate small farmers worldwide that are being threatened by both Monsanto seeds and Big Agriculture. A candlelight vigil was held at dusk for farmers across the world whose very survival is being threatened by industrialized agriculture.
Actions will continue in the future to ensure the survival of the lovely lush green islands of Hawaii.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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