S– Sustainable H– Hawaiian A– Agriculture for the K– Keiki and the A– ‘Aina
The SHAKA Movement is a group that is committed to protecting and preserving the Public Trust Resources on Maui for current & future generations. We are an advocacy, communications and educational outreach program where people and organizations come together to create a positive change for the environment and for the people of the Hawaiian Lands.
Hawaii has a special role to play. We have recognized in the last several years that we are the laboratory for this type of experimental farming. You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation’s modern corn-growing business that the industry’s leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance.
The Islands of Hawaii import 90% of their Food, much of it is Genetically Modified. Monsanto, BASF, DOW Agri-Sciences, Syngenta and Du Pont Pioneer conduct field trials and grow GMO Seed for export on 24,000 acres on Hawaiian Islands. – they export some 10 million pounds of seed annually. What is Genetically engineered on the Islands is sent back to Farmers and Ranchers in the United States to further perpetuate this alarming cycle.
SHAKA’s “Right to Health” Registry is now available for your comments.
Assessing possible health impacts of agrochemical operations in our islands is part of SHAKA’s continued efforts to fulfill the mandates of the moratorium. The Registry is for recording health status information of residents living on Maui and in proximity to agrochemical operations.
About the SAFE Action Fund for the Environment
Originating in Maui, Hawaii, SAFE Action Fund for the Environment formed in July of 2014, as a Hawaii non-profit 501-C4 organization mobilizing grassroots community members. SAFE Action Fund is a sister organization to the SHAKA Movement, 501 © 3 education and charitable organization. It fosters a spirited “Right-to-Environmental and Community Health” platform that directly addresses health, land and legal implications in state of Hawaii – which has no laws or regulations on genetically engineered crops and growing practices. Its mission is to empower a growing base of well-informed citizens and legislators to change the way we utilize our natural resources.
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