Wow. In this letter... if it wasn't for people like him, Walter Ritte of Molokai... the Hawaiian Islands would probably be ten times WORSE. Unfortunately he has discovered that Monsanto and Dow Chemical Company which are two chemical firms are on farm lands on Molokai. What the hell???? That is sacreligious and blasphemous! In essence they are ruining her while trying to make a profit. Did it make CNN? Of course not... because Hawaiians and their Home land are disrespected in order for people to make a profit off of her. This is "business as usual" which I think is wrong or "hewa." Of course I have no problem with capitalism. However when it destroys the earth and/or people and/or culture then I have a problem with it. In this case Monsanto and Dow are using land on Molokai in order to make a profit. Possibly millions.
Is this the kind of America we are proud of? Is this the kind of world we are proud of where we allow companies to destroy the land in order to make a profit?!?!?! Seriously. Well here is his letter:
MOLOKA'I: CHEMICAL FIRMS ARE ON OUR FARM LANDS
Two of the largest chemical companies in America are farming on Moloka'i: Monsanto and Dow.
They say, "Don't worry ... " but if you do your homework, and type in these two names (Monsanto and Dow) on the Web, you will begin to
When you do even more homework, you will realize that government has been neutralized, and these companies are doing "field testing" on our farm lands instead of in the laboratories, where the tests should be done. Then you will find that the chemical companies do not have to write on their permit applications where these tests are and what they are testing here on Moloka'i. You will also find out that these test products are considered "substantially equivalent" by the federal government, and thus need not be regulated.
The history of these two chemical companies, the secrecy of their open-field testing, the unknown consequences of this new technology, the huge amount of lands under their production on Moloka'i, and the worldwide controversy of GMO foods all point to the need for local input and protection.
We feel threatened by these new farmers on Moloka'i and seek relief from our government officials.
Hui Ho'opakele 'Aina
Seen at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060109/OPINION02/601090305/1104