GMO Milk on the Hawaii Island
There is growing concern about milk
sourced from Island Dairy in O`okala that is mixed with milk from Clover
Leaf Dairy in Hawi for sale under the Meadow Gold label and private labels, such
as KTA store's Mountain Apple Brand,
because Big Island Dairy grows Roundup Ready GMO corn for silage for its dairy cows on
approximately 700 acres on the Hamakua coast. Clover Leaf Dairy pastures its cows and supplements with barley.
According to Meadow Gold, approximately
60,000 gallons of milk is produced monthly by these two dairies, Big Island
Dairy producing the larger share. A mix of this milk is packaged for fluid milk for Big Island consumers, and 25,000
gallons of excess milk is shipped monthly by Meadow Gold to Oahu for use as
fluid milk and other dairy products.
Big Island Dairy is in the
process of expanding its milk production.
A large barn is being constructed to house more cows. It is possible that more acreage will be
planted with GMO corn to support this expansion.
Growing a crop that produces a
toxic insecticide and withstands heavy spraying of Roundup herbicide endangers
the marine environment. In 2012, it was
estimated by Kauai’s DLNR biologist that over 52,000 sea urchins died off the
Kauai coast planted with GMO Bt (insecticidal) corn and sprayed with toxic
Due to growing scale of the dairy
operation, other threats to the Big Island environment would be potential runaway
“superweeds” resistant to Roundup, toxic drift into the O`okala community and
onto nearby crops grown by home gardeners, organic farmers, and community
support agriculture (CSA) providers.
Beekeepers would also suffer one more assault on fragile bee colonies,
not only by the BT insecticide, but by Roundup killing off plants bees depend
Sweet corn growers in the area
would be at great risk of GMO corn contamination.
Actions you can take:
- If you would like to join a
campaign to get GMO milk out of local milk, email us your contact
information. State "GMO Milk" in title.
- If you or other growers or
businesses would be affected by the GMO environment of Big Island Dairy, please email us, those testimonials are important!
- Contact your County Council
representative in writing or by email to register a complaint.
- Organize a meeting in your
community about the issue and contact us to send a representative to provide information and answer
Click here for a a recent Big Island Chronicle article that covers the story of Big Island Dairy's GMO corn