This announcement was put together by Occupy Hilo and distributed by GMO Free Hawai’i Island:
There are seven GMO related events happening on Hawaii Island in the next two weeks. Please mark your calendars for the following:
MON 5/19 Hawaii Seed and the Mom Hui presents
as part of the Raise Awareness Inspire Change Speaker Series: Dr. Tyrone Hayes – Silencing the Independent Scientist
Where: UH Hilo campus, Science and Technology Building, room 108
When: Monday evening, May 19th, 6-8pm
A free and open to the public presentation by UC Berkeley Professor Tyrone Hayes, about his findings from 15 years of research on the herbicide Atrazine and his struggle with the Syngenta corporation, the maker of Atrazine.
TUES 5/20 Kona Island Naturals
6-8 pm ~Dr. Tyrone Hayes, UC Berkeley Professor/research on pesticide Atrazine and struggle with Syngenta Chemical Corp.
Agriculture Advisory Commission 10:00 am Puna Conference Room. Agenda items include a discussion of GMO legislation
9:00 am to 4:30 pm UH Hilo room UCB100
UH Soil health and composting symposium. The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo and the County of Hawai`i will host a free, public forum entitled “Building Momentum Toward a Resilient and Sustainable Local Farming Culture.” Dr. Hector Valenzuela of the UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and Dr. Norman Arancon of CAFNRM will be the lead presenters with discussion facilitation by Interim CAFNRM Dean Bruce Mathews and County Councilwoman Margaret Wille, Chair of the County Council’s Committee on Agriculture, Water, Energy, Sustainability. Morning presentations and panel discussions will focus on eco-friendly agro-ecological models, integrated crop-livestock systems and feed options, improving soil health, and increasing economical options for high quality compost. The afternoon sessions will include a discussion of little red fire ant control strategies and facilitated breakout sessions, followed panel discussions on how to move forward on the key areas of interest.
1:00 March Against Monsanto March/Sign Waving against Monsanto in Kona. Queen K toward Mormon Temple
6:30-8:30 pm UH Hilo STB108 Dr. Lorin Pang of Maui, informs us about the health effects and other issues around genetic engineering and genetically engineered food and farming. His focus will also be on pesticides, and how pesticides affect the human body at the cellular level, and the unintended consequences of mixing different pesticides together. When mixed, as is done more often than not in the farm fields, they combine to create brand new untested chemicals that wreak havoc on the human body’s ability defend from the toxins.
4:30pm GMO ISSUES: Pro and Con Panel Discussion by Four Experts, STB108, UH Hilo Campus. Free presentation sponsored by AAUW and UHH Women’s Center.
Richard Ha, Hamakua Springs Country Farms/ Hawaii Board Agriculture
Dr. Russel Nagata, County Administrator, UH Manoa, College Tropical Agriculture Human Resources
Councilwoman Margaret Wille, Chair County Agriculture/ Sustainability Committee
Dr. Hector Valenzuela, UH Manoa Professor, College of Tropical Agriculture
Community members who have questions or concerns about this topic are encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity to have questions answered.