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Talking Points and Topics

  1. 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.
  2. Data on the cost of GMO contamination. A good source is the UCS report on contamination: "Gone to Seed"
  3. How GMOs create a diminishing future in agriculture: increase in seed cost, poisoned land/water.
  4. Refute the claims made by biotech that their technology improves yields. A good source is the UCS 2009 study Failure to Yield
  5. 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 might be justifiable to take a risk, but only if disinterested scientists can review data and are allowed to conduct and at least be able to review 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". Biotechnology lobbyist testified in Hilo saying "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. 
  6. How Council members have not yet been bought by biotech money, still able to do right.
  7. Harm to `aina of accelerating use of increasingly toxic chemicals for GMO crops due to resistance of insects and weeds; include documents.
  8. Contamination events such as rice, Mexican corn varieties and papaya
  9. Hawaii Island is the last refuge from GMO in the state.
  10. 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.
  11. If you are pressed for time, just send a message with name and town and that you support Bill 79.

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