Science proving GMOs are safe is overwhelming

The Maui genetically modified organism moratorium initiative seeks to temporarily ban transgenic crops, claiming we don’t know enough to allow their cultivation.

Meanwhile, this is the statement from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s most prestigious scientific society: “The science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe. The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion: consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques.”

While the people bringing this initiative don’t trust the overwhelming science supporting the safety of transgenic crops, the only remedy would seem to be a new scientific study.

Organic farming and food couldn’t survive this moratorium because of organic pesticides, as well as the numerous well-documented illnesses, including deaths, caused by organic food consumption.

Phones, cars, slippers and kittens couldn’t survive this moratorium.

We cannot manage our problems going forward if we stop advancing technology. These pests recently arrived in Hawaii: coconut rhinoceros beetle, taro vein chlorosis virus, little fire ants and many more. Now we have this initiative aiming to ban a proved pest-management technology and a whole sector of Hawaiian agriculture.

Please vote no.

Michael Shintaku, Ph.D.

Professor of plant pathology

UH-Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Management