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From the organizers' statement:
We, members and friends of GMO-Free Oahu and Babes Against Biotech, would like you to join us in spreading awareness by demanding food sovereignty for all.
People have the right to decide what they eat and to ensure that food in their community is healthy and accessible for everyone. However, that right has been stripped from us by large corporate interests. The current food system does not support small, local farmers and sustainable agricultural practices. Consumers do not know if they are eating genetically modified food. For two decades, biotech has used prime agricultural lands in Hawai’i for growing genetically modified seed and experimental crops. Their practices is contrary to the heart of Hawaiian value of Malama ʻAina (love and respect of land).The ʻAina Fest caps a year marked by a record number of protests and demonstrations against GMO in Hawaii. Here is some of the yearʻs anti-GMO action: