While some people are sitting at Starbucks drinking their coffee which may end up being genetically modified one day after they genetically modify food like kalo which is sacred to Hawaiians... which may subsequently alter human bean's cellular structure... people like Walter Ritte are questioning companies that are dabbling in GMOs in the Hawaiian Islands. This was printed in November 5, 2005 yet did not make national news. Walter Ritte of Molokai... he RIGHT ON.
Also whatever people do... PLEASE do not move to Molokai because if you do chances are it will kill off the native plants, flora, and fauna so please think twice before moving to the islands due to its fragile ecosystem:
(Wife) Loretta with Walter Ritte as seen at http://www.anomasimanews.com/AMN10/NAPALI4/NAPALI4.html
GMO activists march at meeting site
HOOLEHUA, Molokai – About 20 protesters of genetically modified organisms in farm operations on Molokai were allowed into a company meeting of Monsanto Hawaiian Research on Thursday, but they left when they couldn’t get answers from executives.
Despite that, Walter Ritte, spokesman for the community group that organized the demonstration, said he still thought their message got through.
“I think we got a lot of people asking, ’What are GMOs?’ and ’What are they doing in our fields?’ ” said Ritte.
A representative of Monsanto on Molokai could not be reached for comment.
Ritte said members of Hui Ho’opakele ’Aina (“Rescue the Land”) were allowed to enter the Hoolehua Recreation Center where Monsanto employees were meeting with executives from the Mainland. When they weren’t permitted to ask their questions, Ritte said the protesters began marching around the room with their signs.
“I apologized to them if we disturbed them, but we felt we had been lied to because they said we could ask our questions,” said Ritte.
The group wanted to ask Monsanto if GMOs were being grown on Molokai and would company representatives agree to sit down with the community to talk more about the subject.
GMOs are crops that have had genetic material inserted in seeds to produce plants that have qualities that promote productivity, including resistance to diseases and pesticides.
Ritte said Hui Ho’opakele ’Aina still had hopes it could convince representatives of the other seed company on the island, Dow/Mycogen, to meet with residents. But the group wasn’t ready to give up on Monsanto, either.
“We’re going to keep going after Monsanto to tell us what they’re doing with their secret little factories,” said Ritte.
Earlier this week, a spokesman for Monsanto Hawaiian Research said meetings have been held with the Molokai community.
Hui Ho’opakele ’Aina was organized to deal with other issues that members felt would adversely affect the community on Molokai, including questions raised three years ago over the impact of large cruise ships landing passengers at the Kaunakakai Wharf.
Seen at http://www.mauinews.com/story.aspx?id=13937