While reviewing the testimony submitted in opposition to the mandatory labeling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) products in Honolulu City Council Resolution 11-339, I wasn’t surprised to see lobbyists for huge chemical corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta.
I’m new at this and not familiar with the “players” so when I saw the name of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, I decided to take a look and find out what they were about. In their testimony in opposition to GMO labeling, they describe themselves as “a nonprofit trade association representing the seed industry in Hawaii.” How cool, right?
Wrong! I tried to find out more about them by researching their officers and directors. Here’s a breakdown:
Position / Name / From
President / Fred Perlak / Monsanto (Hawaii Lobbyist)
Vice President / Laurie Goodwin / Syngenta Hawaii
Treasurer / John Anderson / (anyone have info?)
Secretary / Alika Napier / DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred
Director / David Gilliland / Mycogen Seeds (sells Monsanto "Roundup Ready" seeds)
Director / Cindy Goldstein / DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred (Hawaii Lobbyist)
Director / Adolph Helm / Dow Agro-Science
Director / Kirby Kester / BASF Plant Science
Director / Steve Lupkes / BASF Plant Science
Director / Mark Phillipson / Syngenta Seeds
Director / Mark Stoutemeyer / DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred
Director / Alan Takemoto / Monsanto (Hawaii Lobbyist)
The corporations represented listed in alphabetical order:
What we have is a who’s who of multinational GMO corporations. As much as they try to represent themselves as “agricultural” companies, note that all of them are primarily chemical companies with a major portion of their sales in poisons such as herbicides and fungicides.
Wiki says, “Some of Syngenta's main competitors are: Monsanto, BASF, Dow AgroSciences, Bayer CropScience and DuPont.” Hey wait, all these competitors are sitting at the same table here in Hawaii. Isn’t that illegal? It seems to me it should be, but what do I know.
Here’s my thinking: Corporations that make and sell poisons are going to develop crops that increase the sale of those poisons.
GMO HAS GOT TO GO! Support mandatory GMO labeling in Resolution 11-339! Submit testimony and I'll see you on December 7, at Honolulu Hale!
H. Doug Matsuoka
5 December 2011
If you need more information or haven’t yet submitted testimony, I’ve gathered some links in a previous DougNote blog entry: Let the people speak!