GMO Stories

The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela

As the University of Hawai‘i was cozying up to GMO giant Monsanto, one of the school’s professors says that he was forced to tolerate a climate of “bigotry, retaliation and hostility” for speaking out about the potential risks of genetic engineering. The university disputes his charges.                         University of Hawaii Prof. Hector Valenzuela conducted experiments on organic farming at the university’s Waimanalo Experiment...
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The Ghost in the GMO Machine

While independent research shows that Chlorpyrifos, a Dow Chemical insecticide used in Kaua‘i’s GMO fields, can cause significant harm to children nearby, Dow is intent on convincing the EPA otherwise.   by Paul Koberstein The bodies and minds of children living on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i are being threatened by exposure to chlorpyrifos, a synthetic insecticide that is heavily sprayed on fields located near their homes and schools. For decades, researchers have been...
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Cascadia Times shares Kaua‘i pesticide data

The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, a trade group representing the agricultural seed industry in Hawaii, is saying in a statement on its web site and in stories published in a Hawaiian newspaper that it is “disturbed” by our alleged “lack of understanding” of farming practices and “complete disregard for scientifically sound interpretation, statistical analysis and presentation of the data” in our stories about pesticide use in field testing of GMO products on Kaua‘i here...
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THE CONTAMINATION OF NATURAL KAUA‘I

The rare plants and wildlife of Kaua‘i are put at risk by the toxic chemicals used on the island’s GMO test fields   By Paul Koberstein/Cascadia Times WAIMEA, HAWAI‘I — Given its fragile and unusually rich ecology, the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i seems ill-suited as a site for agricultural experiments that use heavy amounts of toxic chemicals. But four transnational corporations — Syngenta, BASF Plant Science, DuPont Pioneer, and Dow AgroSciences — have been...
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The Kaua‘i Cocktail

Highly toxic pesticides are being applied to GMO test fields on Kaua‘i at a much higher rate than on most US farms, an analysis of new data reveals   By Paul Koberstein/Cascadia Times WAIMEA, HAWAI‘I – The Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i has become Ground Zero in the intense domestic political battle over genetically modified crops. But the fight isn’t just about the merits or downsides of GMO technology. It’s about regular old pesticides. The four...
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Exporting Destruction: Corporate Gold Mining Threatens Mountaintop and a Small Mining Town

Mining companies have aimed at another mountaintop for gold, in “Marmato,” a film that captures their transformative impacts to a Colombian town “Marmato”  by Jake Bortnick and Chris Buchal, for Cascadia Times “Marmato,” a documentary that debuted at the 2014 Sundance film festival about gold mining in a small Colombian town of the same name, took director Marc Greico six years to make, and underscores a wider story of a pattern of exploitation of small...
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Canadian mining companies dig deep with their massive open pit mines to claim their treasure, but take an enormous toll on the earth

Canadian-based corporations account for a 75 percent of the world’s mining. These corporations have promoted an extremely destructive type of open-pit mining known as cyanide heap-leach mining, which can leave behind an uninhabitable landscape strewn with vast amounts of chemical wastes In these mines, massive amounts of cyanide are deployed to eat away rock, exposing valuable mineable ores such as gold. Acid leaching from sulfur deposits in the rock at these mines has been...
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