Letters for March 23, 2015

• Ideas for employment in Hawaii • Donations may help stop dairy • Complainers often the offenders 

Ideas for employment in Hawaii

I’d like to thank Joshua Uyehara for his concerns about employment for Syngenta’s former employees. Genetic engineering (GE) is a brilliant concept: using the blueprint of life, DNA, to find solutions in agriculture. However, there are side effects.

Possible employment opportunities which Hawaii could provide are:

1. Establishing hospital laboratory testing of toxins, such as insecticide Bt-Cry1Ab engineered inside corn, herbicide Roundup, and all toxins used in local biotech projects.

2. Labeling genetically engineered toxins in food.

3. Establishing larger pesticide perimeter zones correlated to weather and ground water dynamics.

People exposed to pesticides and herbicides developed Hodgkin’s lymphoma 50 percent more often than those who have not been exposed, reports the Epidemiology Research Group Annals of Oncology in 2000.

Attorney Steven Druker filed a lawsuit in 1998, which revealed FDA bureaucrats covered up warnings of the FDA’s scientists, who overwhelming agreed that current genetically engineered foods pose unusual long-term risks, and all require rigorous long-term toxicology studies in order to be proven safe (www.biointegrity.org).

The adjuvant, POE-15, which carries Roundup’s glyphosate through the weed’s cell wall, is 10,000 times more lethal than glyphosate to human fetal cells, reports Toxicology in 2012. Please see 16 research studies, including from Scientific American, 2009, “Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells,” at GMO Seralini.

Entropy reports in 2013 that exposure to glyphosate is connected to gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Bt-Cry1Ab biotech insecticide has been found in the fetal blood of Canadian pregnant women, reports Reproductive Toxicology.

Bt-Cry1ab, at only 100 parts per million, and Roundup, at 50 ppm, have been found to kill human fetal kidney cells, reports Journal of Applied Toxicology in 2011.

Thus, there is plenty of work to be done.

Will MacClymont Davis



Donations may help stop dairy

Regarding the letter from Christine Queen (“Support effort to block dairy” TGI, March 19). Ms. Queen’s compelling arguments against the operation of the proposed industrial dairy in the Mahaulepu Valley are based on numerous facts and indisputable evidence, much of which has been presented in this newspaper. 

An error was made, however, which requires correction. The letter states: “For now, let’s support … lawsuit to block this factory farm.” The organization that has filed an “Intent to sue” is Friends of Mahaulepu, Inc. (FOM), a nonprofit organization formed specifically for the purpose of stopping the dairy before it causes devastation to the environment, lifestyle and economy of Kauai. 

And now is an exceptional time to donate to this important cause because Jay Kechloian, a Poipu resident, has generously volunteered to match all donations until May 15, 2015, up to $100,000! Please go to the website www.friendsofmahaulepu.org to learn more. To contribute use the “Donate now” button or mail a check to PO Box 1654, Koloa, HI.

Judith Rachap



Complainers often the offenders

Haven’t you noticed that the very ones who complain about loose dogs are the very ones who walk/run with their dogs off a leash? They also let their dogs do their thing (No. 1 and No. 2) on the ground. Then they walk away.

Howard Tolbe



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