Archive for May, 2013

For a GMO-Free Hawaii Island

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Please send this out to your ‘list’ 😉

Before Wed. Please Testify – even call and say SUPPORT Bill 79 for a GMO FREE HAWAI’I ISLAND – TELL EVERYONE! Before May 29, council members need to hear from you because it is now a numbers game. They compare stacks of For and Against testimony to help them vote.

Email or Fax every council member with your name and town/city. If you email, attach your comments to make it easier to print. You can also attach supporting documents and studies.

District 1 Valerie Poindexter : Fax: (808) 961-8912


District 2 J Yoshimoto Fax: (808) 961-8912


District 3 “Fresh” Onishi Fax: (808) 961-8912


District 4 Greggor Ilagan Fax: (808) 965- 2707


District 5 Zendo Kern Fax: (808) 961-8912


District 7 Dru Mamo Kanula Fax: (808) 329- 4786


District 8 Karen Eoff Fax: (808) 329-4786


Talking Points and Topics:

– Refute pro-GMO testimony that there is no credible research to show GMOs cause harm; include research documents. A good place to start researching this is the World Scientists Statement to all governments to cease the planting of GMOs , with a list of research-backed concerns as to why.

– Data on the cost of GMO contamination. A good source is the UCS report on contamination: “Gone to Seed”

– How GMOs create a diminishing future in agriculture: increase in seed cost, poisoned land/water.

– Refute the claims made by biotech that their technology improves yields. A good source is the UCS 2009 study Failure to Yield

– Refute the opposition’s one-sided “freedom for farmers” argument. The Council needs to see the side of using scientific caution; The Precautionary Principle is good science. It’s okay to take risks, but only if you are allowed to conduct non-biased and long term safety studies to know what the percentage of the risk is. This is the standard for new medicines, including gene therapy. This has not been done for these gene event food crops.The FDA is not actually regulating this technology; it’s considered the same as normal crops as far as they are concerned. It’s called the “substantial equivalent”. Meanwhile, testifiers in Hilo said “GMOs are the most regulated agriculture technology”, so the myth of true oversight continues… By creating obstacles to independent research on its products, Monsanto makes it harder for farmers and policy makers to make informed decisions that can lead to more sustainable agriculture.

– How Council members have not yet been bought by biotech money, still able to do right.

– Harm to `aina of accelerating use of increasingly toxic chemicals for GMO crops due to resistance of insects and weeds; include documents.

– Contamination events such as rice, Mexican corn varieties and papaya

– Hawaii Island is the last refuge from GMO in the state.

– Sustainability can provide the greatest variety of food vs. GMOs, resistant insects and contamination problems. Biotech companies even marginalize their own results that show that classical breeding, and not GMO, creates desirable traits such as more yield and drought resistance.

– If you are pressed for time, just send a message with name and town and that you support Bill 79.

Alicia (biotech lobbyist)
Susan Miyasaka (UH agronomist)
Eric Weinert (papaya irradiator)
Ashley Stokes (UH veterinarian)
Papaya Guy

We are a coalition of residents of the Hawaii Island of Hawaii standing together to stop and prevent GMO farming on our island, as well as to support alternatives and healthier opportunities to GMOs and industrial agriculture in general. We ask that all districts of this island form local groups and work together as a whole with us to promote our stated goals.

Join the Conversation and Get Involved

GMO’s are a complex issue, and have many different facets on how they affect people’s lives, especially in the State of Hawaii. We know this is a grassroots effort –and that means getting people from all walks of life and parts of the island to offer their perspective and mana’o. There are many ways to approach the “on the ground” education in different parts of society (like schools, farms, food stores, etc.). We encourage you to get involved, see how you can help, and what may be beneficial to the movement to remove GMOs from the environment. We have a GMO Free Hawaii Island discussion group created that you can ask to join that will be open to view by the public and searchable. It will thus be an open source for information sharing and networking of people involved in the movement. If you would like to join, you can send an email to and put “discussion group” in the title. Please provide a brief introduction as to who you are, what part of the island you hail from, and how you want to contribute. We need to make sure spammers don’t get on the group and take it over, so thank you so much for that. If approved, you will be added to the conversation in 2 days or less. Thank you so much for participating, and we look forward to your ideas and working with you.

Monsanto Lobbyist Alicia Maluafiti

May 14, 2013 Alicia Maluafiti testimony to the Hawaii County Council on Bill 79 which would prohibit growing or selling GMO foods and crops on Hawaii Island …

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email

Should Memorial Day Include Commemoration of Thoreau?

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

Monday, May 27th, 2013
“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.” – John F. Kennedy

So where are the ceremonies to honor conscientious objectors and war resisters?

“The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World Today is My Government” – Rev. Dr. Marin Luther King jr.

Let Us Mourn The Millions America Slaughtered, Then Mourn US Soldiers
By Jay Janson
Prosecute our own before our victims unite and prosecute all of us.

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email

Big Island DU contamination before the NRC on May 30th

Saturday, May 25th, 2013
See request of Dept. of health and NRC below!
This is a very simple and accurate request and it could prove to be a very effective request!
Please help us Gary. We are only asking the Army leaders to do what they are required to do but actions that they have ignored to maintain proponencv for du munitions while avoiding all liability as specified in the march 1991 los alamos menmorandum.

I have attached united states  army regulation 40-5 that also governs their actions.
thank you,
doug rokke
217 643 6205
In a message dated 5/25/2013 3:09:13 P.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:

To Gary Gill
Deputy Director Hawaii  Dept. of Health

Aloha Gary,
Over the past several years, has the DOH ever participated in any of the
meetings where Hawaii citizens have challenged the Army and NRC on DU?
Has the DOH ever even listened in?  I have never heard a comment by the
DOH in any of the meetings and I have been involved extensively.
Will you or someone in the DOH be joining the meeting on May 30th to
speak out for the public health of Hawaii citizen concerns this time?
If not, why not?  According to Dr. Rokke, who wrote the regulation,
according to Army regulation 700-48, the Army is required to follow
local government’s requests.  The Army has not followed Hawaii County
Council Resolution 639-08.  Please ask the Army and the NRC to follow
the 8 actions requested in that resolution including stopping all
live-fire at Pohakuloa.

The Davy Crockett is one DU weapon confirmed used at Pohakuloa. There
are many other DU weapons that may have been used.  We will not know the
full extent of the DU contamination until comprehensive testing and
monitoring is done.

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O.
Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email Visit us on the web at

Military Radiation

from Pohakuloa:

Blowing in the Wind?

      Military radiation contamination at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) in the center of Hawaii Island will be the subject of a meeting on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The meeting is NOT being held where it should be – on Hawaii Island. Instead, it is being held in Maryland from 8:30 – 11:30 AM Hawaii time in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) offices between NRC staff and the Army. The public can participate by phoning toll free 1-877-521-2306 with the passcode 9744768.  You can also email comments to Gary Gill of the Hawaii Dept. of health “Gill, Gary L.” <> and Dominick Orlando of the NRC Dominick <>

Let your voice be heard.  Mahalo.

DU weapons used by the U.S.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


Cancer and Birth Defects in

Iraq: The Nuclear Legacy


                                                                                May 21, 2013 – Ten years after the Iraq war of 2003 a team of scientists based in Mosul, northern Iraq, have detected high levels of uranium contamination in soil samples at three sites in the province of Nineveh which, coupled with dramatically increasing rates of childhood cancers and birth defects at local hospitals, highlight the ongoing legacy of modern warfare to civilians in conflict zones.


                                The radioactive element uranium is widely dispersed throughout Earth’s crust and is much sought after as a fuel for nuclear power plants and for use in weapons. Depleted uranium (DU), commonly used in modern munitions such as defensive armour plating and armour-piercing projectiles, is 40 per cent less radioactive than natural uranium, but remains a significant and controversial danger to human health.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) sets a maximum uranium exposure of 1 millisievert (mSv) per year for the general public, but environmental scientists at the University of Mosul and the Institute of Forest Ecology, Universitaet für Bodenkultur (BOKU), Vienna, Austria, led by Riyad Abdullah Fathi have measured significant levels of uranium in soil samples from three sites in the province of Nineveh in the north of Iraq. Writing in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Fathi and colleagues link their findings with dramatic increases in cancers reported to the Mosul Cancer Registry and the Iraqi national cancer registry (which began collecting data in 1975).


They conclude that: “The Gulf Wars of 1991 and 2003 left a legacy of pollution with DU in many regions of Iraq. The effects of these munitions may be affecting the general health of Iraqi citizens, manifesting in an increase in cancers and birth defects.”


They also warn that, even though some of the contamination measured in this study is specifically linked to known sites, it can be easily spread widely in the air, soil and water, particularly as dust in windstorms.


Their report “Environmental pollution by depleted uranium in Iraq with special reference to Mosul and possible effects on cancer and birth defect rates” begins with a literature review that collates health-related data from a range of sources, including a report by the WHO (in 2003), which states that childhood cancers — particularly leukemia — are ten times higher in Iraq than in other industrialised countries.


Although there is already significant evidence of cancers and related illnesses in adults (particularly war veterans), the authors emphasise that it is the dramatic rise in the incidence of cancer and birth defects in children under 15 years of age since the second Gulf War that points to the terrible legacy of DU weaponry. Childhood cancers are now some five times higher than before the two Gulf Wars (currently around 22 children per 100,000, compared with approximately 4 children per 100,000 in 1990).


The focal point of their scientific study was three sites near Mosul: Adayah, a landfill for radioactive waste; Rihanyah, a former research centre for nuclear munitions (disused since 1991); and Damerchy, a small village on the Tigris River (about 10km north of Mosel), which was a scene of fighting in the 2003 conflict. Particularly high levels of uranium were found at Rihanyah where storage ponds of liquid and solid waste from uranium processing are still a source of radioactive pollution. The accumulation of uranium in wild plants (principally the shrub Lagonychium farctum) was noted in Damerchy, where it is thought to have entered the food chain and is linked to the death of numerous head of cattle.



The team acknowledge that there are numerous other factors that impact on the data for cancer rates in the wider Iraqi population, including population increases and possible inaccuracies due to reluctance to register congenital malformations and deaths or poor administration in hospitals (although almost 70 per cent of births took place outside hospitals).


Nevertheless, with the WHO predicting that global cancer levels will rise by 50 per cent between 2003 and 2020, the presence of so much carcinogenic material across Iraq suggests that the public health legacy of the two Gulf Wars is only going to get worse.


Journal Reference:
1.      Riyad Abdullah Fathi, Lilyan Yaqup Matti, Hana Said Al-Salih, Douglas Godbold. Environmental pollution by depleted uranium in Iraq with special reference to Mosul and possible effects on cancer and birth defect rates. Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 2013; 29 (1): 7 DOI: 10.1080/13623699.2013.765173