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Monday, July 1, 2013

"Genetic modification saved the papaya..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen'


I would like the opportunity to respond to Douglas Henry citing me wrong in his recent letter in the Garden Island News “GMO lovers want labels.”
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-sunday-june/article_b28f2c10-dbb7-11e2-a496-001a4bcf887a.html

If Douglas Henry and others had read my recent letter to the editor they would have seen I agree that GMOs should be labeled just as kosher and organic foods are labeled. Please re-read my letter you’re commenting on (GMOs = Great Meal Offering, 06-10-13).
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-monday-june/article_66ae5600-d184-11e2-8614-001a4bcf887a.html

Mr. Henry and others missed my point. My point was that GMOs really aren’t the anti-Christ. The papaya industry was rescued in 1998 with the birth of the rainbow papaya during the ringspot  virus invasion. Commercialized in 1998, the Rainbow papaya produced immediate results, single-handedly rescuing one of Hawaii’s major industries.

Genetic modification has made it possible for barren couples to conceive with the process of in vitro fertilization.

It’s not the GMOs that are bad. It’s the toxic chemical fertilizers being sprayed. If only an organic natural fertilizer could be used in lieu of spraying with chemicals, I believe we’d have a win-win situation.

Ironically the people most objecting to and protesting GMO's are the transplanted Yuppies and hippies whose ancestors came to Hawai'i on cruise ships, not the locals themselves. 

The same crowd that protested a much needed ferry system , the same crowd that protests any new road or business,these same people many of whom smoke pot, smoke GM0 enhanced marijuana without even knowing it, these are the contrarians, transplants, all while the majority stay silent, and that really is sad.

GMOs. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

Aloha, check out my opinion article in today's (06-28-13) edition of the Kaua'i Garden Island News.
"Genetic modification saved the papaya."
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-friday-june/article_3dac75e4-dfbb-11e2-bc51-001a4bcf887a.html

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12 comments:

KimoRosen said...

Ironically the people most objecting to and protesting GMO's are the transplanted Yuppies and hippies whose ancestors came to Hawaii on cruise ships, not the locals themselves.

Mimi Tolva said...

I don't think those are the GMOs most people object to. I myself am worried about the Roundup Ready crops, frankenfish, plants that won't even produce their own seeds naturally, and giant corporations suing farmers when patented seeds blow over on the wind to another farm. Freaky stuff like that.

KimoRosen said...

I see both sides, but i side with science on this, just like I side with science on global warming. With the worlds population alleged to increase from 6 billion today to 8 billion by 2030 we will need science to help feed the masses!

Bettejo Dux said...

I think if the papaya were labeled it would not be allowed to be sold in many places. Will check. Loved yesterday. What's up for tomorrow? Love'ya. Kisses to Obama Me

KimoRosen said...

"Follow your bliss" and next week, "Late Term Abortion is Awful." Yes, never a dull moment during our monthly luncheons, nice meeting your friend Aaron, the Jewish carpenter from Bethlehem.

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Mimi Tolva said...

Holy cow, I know. I certainly don't want to go back to the dark ages. What scares me, from what I read, is that in some cases safety and caution seem to have been carelessly disregarded in the name of profit. Depending on what scientific studies you read. I myself do not have a lab or a science education, so I must rely on what I read. I tend to put a little less faith in the scientific studies sponsored by Monsanto and the like.

KimoRosen said...

Mimi, I find it ironic that the same people that believe in the science of global warming are against the science of trying to feed mass volumes of humans?

Mimi Tolva said...

Good point. I don't need science to tell me that humans can be greedy though, and that greed can blind some people. I only need history for that.

Mimi Tolva said...

Maybe so. I agree the spraying of toxins needs to go. I'm sure it's true that humanity has been helped by genetic modification of plants. . We have a lot of people to feed. It's some of these new, scary reports coming out now that are alarming. And why all the hush-hush? Some of the GMO scientists themselves are breaking ranks to warn the public about what they believe has gone much too far, with possible dire consequences. People all over are developing intolerances to normal, everyday foods like wheat. Auto immune and inflammatory diseases seem to be rapidly increasing, even in kids. Think about how many people you personally know who are fighting life-threatening diseases. It's not just because we're living longer or know more people. It's exploding through the roof! Then out comes another report of a possible link. People are scared and freaking out. And that may be what makes people a little leery of all GMOs.

KimoRosen said...

on the other hand, people are living longer now than any other time in history, at the turn of the 20th century the average life expectancy was 40. back in the 1940's when social security became law, the average person lived to 65, that's why social security is going broke, people were suppose to be dead by 65, these times for sure are a changin!

Mimi Tolva said...

True that! But back then they were all dying of nothing at all. haha just kidding.