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Big Island Dairy Grows GMO Corn

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 chemicals.

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 upon.

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 your questions.

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