Island needs your kokua to help protect the aina, our food sovereignty, and economic security. This is your opportunity to create a GMO-free
future. Talking points with links to thought provoking articles may help you when drafting testimony. Please spread the word in your area by posting and distributing the attached fliers at the bottom of this page. Mahalo!
Council Offices are also accepting testimony:
County Building, 25 Aupuni Street, Rm. 1401
Marketplace, 15-2660 Pāhoa Village Road, Rm. 105
Center, 64-1067, Māmalahoa Highway, Suite 5
Ocean View Community Ctr., 92-8924 Leilani Circle
Kona: Kona Council Chamabers, The West Hawai`i Civic Center; 74-5044
Ane Keohokālole Highway, Bldg. A
A good image created
by testifiers will help to win support. The
Council has asked testifiers to refrain from personal attacks, holding signs or
wearing masks. Wear GREEN in
solidarity. Arrive early to sign in to
testify and to get a seat in the Council Room, and be prepared for a long day.
More Puna testimony is needed. Please find others in that district to
Oral Public Testimony: Oral public testimony is heard at the
beginning of each Council meeting for items on the agenda. Oral public
testimony is limited to three (3) minutes per agenda item.
Written Public Testimony: The deadline for submission of
written public testimony is before 12:00 noon on July 1.
The Office of the County Clerk will accept written public testimony by mail to the
Office of the County Clerk, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720; by facsimile to
(808) 961-8912; or by e-mail to email@example.com
Written Public Testimony Submitted Past Deadline: If you miss the
deadline for written public testimony, the Office of the County Clerk will
accept your written public testimony at the Council meeting, along with 14
copies your written public testimony if you would like it to be part of the
* Video Public Testimony: Those submitting video
testimony may email a complete web address (url) to firstname.lastname@example.org
before 12:00 noon on the business day prior to the meeting. The
email shall indicate the appropriate Committee or Council meeting, the meeting
date, agenda item (communication, bill, resolution, or report number), and
number of testifiers on the video submittal. Each video submittal
shall be limited to a single agenda item. Video submittals may
contain up to three (3) individual testifiers and shall each be up to three (3)
minutes in length. Video testimony will not be played during the meeting;
however, it will be distributed to Council Members prior to the meeting.
If submitted after the deadline, Council Members will receive the video
testimony after the meeting. The Office of the County Clerk
reserves the right to refuse testimony containing inappropriate content or that
is not in compliance with Rule 13 (Public
Statements and Testimony) . *Allowable video formats are to be
internet-based, downloadable, and accessible to this office and the general
public; e.g. YouTube being the most commonly known but any, of similar
functionality and format we can access and review, is acceptable.
Talking Points: In order of relevance for July 2 hearing. This hearing was scheduled
to review the amendments made to the original bill. Please read the revised bill before preparing
Your opinion on the exemptions and amendments to the
2) The Council really wants testimony on economic benefits this bill would
create. Put on your thinking caps.
Non-GMO island would attract seed
production/hybrid research – free from GMO contamination; protective sanctuary
for many non-GMO crops attract international growers; non-GMO alfalfa and
soybeans grows well in Hawaii free from GMO contamination; provide for tourists
seeking non-GMO products, etc.
3) Is this bill fair to GMO papaya growers and
non-GMO/organic papaya growers?
4) The precautionary principle is used where
there is uncertainty or potential harm to humans/environment.
5) The growing demand for non-gmo food is
affecting the price and supply of commodities.
6) Lack of Federal, State and County GMO
regulatory framework leaves all farmers unprotected.
7) Tipping Point is fast approaching.
8) Dr. Don Huber, Dr. Stephanie Seneff.