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Competing GMO corporations sit at the same table in Hawaii

[Update for 2013: This was written for the 2012 Hawaii Legislative session and is still current except the President of the association listed here as Monsantoʻs Perlak was replaced by Syngentaʻs Pillipson.] 

While reviewing the testimony submitted in opposition to the mandatory labeling of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) products in Honolulu City Council Resolution 11-339, I wasn’t surprised to see lobbyists for huge chemical corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta.  
I’m new at this and not familiar with the “players” so when I saw the name of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, I decided to take a look and find out what they were about. In their testimony in opposition to GMO labeling, they describe themselves as “a nonprofit trade association representing the seed industry in Hawaii.” How cool, right?
Wrong! I tried to find out more about them by researching their officers and directors.  Here’s a breakdown:

Position
Name
From
President
Fred Perlak
Monsanto (Hawaii Lobbyist)
Vice President
Laurie Goodwin
Syngenta Hawaii
Treasurer
John Anderson
(anyone have info?)
Secretary
Alika Napier
DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred
Director
David Gilliland
Mycogen Seeds (sells Monsanto "Roundup Ready" seeds)
Director
Cindy Goldstein
DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred (Hawaii Lobbyist)
Director
Adolph Helm
Dow Agro-Science
Director
Kirby Kester
BASF Plant Science
Director
Steve Lupkes
BASF Plant Science
Director
Mark Phillipson
Syngenta Seeds
Director
Mark Stoutemeyer
DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred
Director
Alan Takemoto
Monsanto (Hawaii Lobbyist)

And the Executive Director of this group, Alicia Maluafiti? Sheʻs a registered State of Hawaii lobbyist.

The corporations represented listed in alphabetical order:
BASF
Dow
DuPont
Monsanto
Syngenta
What we have is a who’s who of multinational GMO corporations.  As much as they try to represent themselves as “agricultural” companies, note that all of them are primarily chemical companies with a major portion of their sales in poisons such as herbicides and fungicides.
Wiki says, “Some of Syngenta's main competitors are: Monsanto, BASF, Dow AgroSciences, Bayer CropScience and DuPont.” Hey wait, all these competitors are sitting at the same table here in Hawaii. Isn’t that illegal?  It seems to me it should be, but what do I know.
Here’s my thinking: Corporations that make and sell poisons are going to develop crops that increase the sale of those poisons. 
GMO HAS GOT TO GO! Support mandatory GMO labeling in Resolution 11-339! Submit testimony and I'll see you on December 7, at Honolulu Hale!

H. Doug Matsuoka
Makiki, Honolulu
5 December 2011

If you need more information or haven’t yet submitted testimony, I’ve gathered some links in a previous DougNote blog entry: Let the people speak!
Update of 01/18/2012: If anyone would like to keep track of efforts to regulate or label GMO during the 2012 Hawaii legislature, join GMO-FREE OAHU on Facebook. It's a small group now but can be used for legislative updates, communication, and discussion.

Comments

  1. Wow. Great work. I assume you've sent this to your local newspaper.

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  2. fantastic, great. thanks for sharing on gmo free kauai facebook page

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  3. Thanks for informing the public as it is important that the people are aware. NO THANKS TO GMO. No thank you to Poisons for Profits...

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