The Seattle Times ran agreat article on the ABC’s of GMO’s complete with this infographic….It’s a must read, I’ve read it more than once. http://seattletimes.com/flatpages/local/abcsofgmos.html
Well this is awkward. I have spent the last two years talking about our farm and how much I love my cows. If you have read more than a few posts here I hope that you understand my deep love for the cows in my care, "my girls".
That being said sometimes I am mean to my cows. If you were to ask me if I have ever hit one of my cows I couldn't tell you no without lying.
People make decisions based on their perception of risk rather than the actual risk resulting in focusing time, effort and angst on events that may have a limited chance of occurrence. Meanwhile, events that may be far more likely to cause harm are deemphasized or ignored completely resulting in a greater exposure to actual harm.
Paul Slovic , a pioneer in the study of risk perception, believes this most frequently occurs in people lacking knowledge of a subject or who have a feeling that actions or events are out of their personal control.
Poisening Paradise, agriculture, farmers and ranchers are not poisoning paradise in Hawaii. We are ground zero for activism. We have been targeted and a army of paid activists have been deployed and funded through out Hawaii. They use fear and lies to poison the minds of our community against food and agriculture production, as if feeding Hawaii is a bad thing!
How do we prove that it’s a small but very vocal minority who have no moral speed bumps and regularly harass farmers online, in person and threaten people. They use the same fear and hate against politicians who are not experienced and sway votes based on re-election versus the facts. yet I digressed, how do we prove its a vocal minority? Fact is they represent less than 5% of the population of Hawaii yet act with mob like virtues. The majority wants nothing to do with this battle, they do not want to be part of the hate, fear or ugliness this vocal minority attacks anyone with if you dare not drink their kool aid. I don’t blame them, it’s often hard to ask them to wade in when you know it’s not a pretty place but to protect Hawaii and our way of life, our culture we must start speaking up!
Standing United is the only way we will ride this dip…Taking an offensive approach to educating the community and helping our politicians and community understanding agriculture is our best defense. It will not turn the tide over night but it will help and calling out the lies and tactics of paid activism is key.
The poisoning of paradise is being conducted by mainland millionaires who are infusing large amounts of cash under the guise of trusts and non profits. They have hired local activists and flown in others to fan the flames and push their agenda on Hawaii. Using our culture against us, we do not do business like his in Hawaii it’s without aloha and respect. Monsanto, the seed industry, agriculture and Hawaii’s farmers and ranchers are not the problem…The problem is paid activism by a vocal minority being funded by a few wealthy people and using fear to sway public opinion.; they are the real poison in paradise.
Biotechnology is safe and it’s proven…..Fear and myths are poisoning Hawaii but each one of us has a choice, we can choose to not drink the fear and lies and come to the table and discuss this like adults and decide for ourselves not be a social media scientist…We each have the right to choose but let’s choose based on facts not lies.
The Seattle Times ran agreat article on the ABC’s of GMO’s complete with this infographic….It’s a must read, I’ve read it more than once. http://seattletimes.com/flatpages/local/abcsofgmos.html
Everyone is entitled to their personal choice but when you lash out at others, threaten, attack and harass them online that’s wrong whatever you label it. These attacks keep occurring so for the first time were calling one out; plus she just went way past to far! She lashed out unprovoked at anyone who replied then decided to follow-up by harassing people online beyond the conversation thread and even went on to groups and other sites spouting lies and acting indignant as if she was attacked. Ironic since she was the cyber bully.
After we saw what was occurring we did a simple search to see who she was..
Google her or here is the link http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/citizens-sought-isle-police.html-7
She is a personal chef by her accounts for very wealthy people as if that gives her special rights. #Fail Courtney Larson. We did discover that in January she was listed as one of Hawaii Islands most wanted, we do hope she got her criminal matters all cleared up though; as we wish no ill will on anyone, even haters.
Courtney Larson your an activist, a food eliteist, a hater, a cyber bully and you have serious issues with a lack of respect and aloha for your fellow community members and even the very same farmers and ranchers who you purchase your food from. we’re sorry your so consumed by rage and hate that your allwoing your emotions to control you.
This behavior has no Aloha and no place here. We can discus things like adults without fear and without personal attacks or threats.; her behavior is absurd and the continued hearings only make it worse. We won’t be intimidated by GMO Free Hawaii or activist for that matter…See you at the next hearing! we’re not poisening paradise, we have not contaminated anyone or any crop. we are pro agriculture and we will stand our ground.
She went on a smear campaign because this Farmer speaks for options and is Pro agriculture, All agriculture somehow she switches it to be everyone’s fault but her own for picking a fight. In all fairness she later went and removed her posts from this group and she was banned from several pages due to harassment and foul comments. Some of which we captured below. This does bring us to a question; why should farmers and ranchers be harassed over their choice to keep their options open and not limit themselves?
She really didn’t want discussion she wanted people to attack; I hope she feels vindicated. Especially after going to others pages and posting harassing comments then banning them when they had done nothing.
But this is after all the same person who blamed the papaya attacks on the victim for insurance money. She has shown herself in many locations lately., all attacking with hate. Today’s #1 Hater….
Dear Governor, Legislators, Senators, Representatives, County Council Members, City Council Members,
I am writing to you as a daughter of a long time farmer, Kenneth Kamiya. Our family has been long time farmers for over 4 decades on the Windward side on Oahu. My grandfather farmed the land with beans, Okinawan potatoes, cucumbers and finally papaya, which my dad and brother continue to this day.
Really how dare you attack another small papaya grower? Who bought the machetes who destroyed over 100 trees this morning?
While the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association was gathering for their annual meeting and Mayor Billy Kenoi was speaking one farmer was absent; he was at his field with police overlooking destruction of his trees. A sad discovery awaited his trees had been chopped down!This is not okay, activism has gone to far now you have turned into eco terrorists! This is wrong!
We’re farmers not sex offenders, We will not register like a criminal…..
The criminals are the activists who have turned into ecoterrorists. Register the activists not farmers.
The Hawaii County Council is asking farmers to register their locations; why would they? Taking away their constitutional rights and making farm locations public access is a threat to our farmers sustainability and opens them to additional eco terrorist attacks. No were drawing the line “we will not register like a sex offender! Brenda Ford and Margaret Willie, I hope you here this, No No no and we will fight for our right to farm in Hawaii!
We work hard every day to grow affordable safe food for Hawaii….We are not causing Harm your grandstanding is harming us. Ag matters and Farmers care, clearly a few council members do not care about the harm they are causing…
End this non-sense NOW! Kill Bill 109 & 113 …. do what is right and understand farmers and agriculture before you start a public battle… DO NO HARM and this is harming farmers!
Swing Smith aka Jeffrey M. Smith was the Ford & Willie Show’s star witness on Monday for the hearing on Hawaii County Bill 113 effectively a GMO ban which will kill and strangle agriculture and any public research being done for niche agriculture crops on Hawaii Island…Let’s not forget it will slaughter the livestock industries options!
Was it Brenda Ford or Margaret Willie who organized the Skype call, we had to endure almost 1 hour of his nonsense, it was pure testimony not expert witness since he clearly is NOT an expert….His lack of credentials are below for your amusement, “Swing dancing” I particularly like that one, does that mean I’m a scientist because I can isolate DNA from a papaya with dish soap?
We have established he is an expert in Swing dancing and a self-appointed activist and gmo expert with ABSOLUTELY no
training or credentials..unless you consider yogic flying, by the way WTF is Yogic flying? If he can fly why wasn’t he at the actual Council meeting instead of Arizona? Which brings us to another point who is running this circus of a County Council debacle dubbed by many in the community as the “Ford & Willie Show” ?
Who wrote Margaret’s’ questions? That wasn’t the Willie we saw the previous hearings? Is it Nancy Redfeather who reportedly claims the initial authorship of Bill 113 or maybe it was Melanie Bondera, Una Greenway or the Occupy movement; we’re not sure who authored it and frankly do not care for it’s a train wreck for Hawaii Island, a potential legal disaster and an economic wreck if passed. The only congratulations the Ford & Willie Show get is in orchestrating Bills that are ripping this community apart and threaten our Food Security and food sustainability.
Farmers and Ranchers in Hawaii deserve the right and choice to grow safe, affordable food! Why must we become an agritourism stop and only grow high-end specialty crops to feed food elitists & not the average working man or woman; which is exactly who we are and who most farmers strive to feed, their community!
We do not need laws to legislate the economy and consumer choices that occurs on its own and not at the Hawaii county Council podium. Council members are elected to serve their community. Start serving YOUR entire community and let’s stop the “Ford & Willie Show” and cease any re-runs. Calling experts such as an Ob/gyn who is against vaccinations and Jeffrey Smith make the Hawaii county council look like a farce….
Jeffrey M. Smith lots of juicy bits below but nothing credible except a model for making activism a career that seems to pay him well. I know ranchers who would like to learn this Yogic flying that way they don’t have to open gates and use the pick up trucks. Next time Jeffrey why not fly in since your such an expert. I’m not sorry for the sarcasm this is beyond old, there were 8 Public University scientists who sat in the audience only to be ignored while we listened to this type of baloney!
Cease the “Ford & Willie Show” it is making Hawaii look bad, hurting our Farmers and costing taxpayers money!
Swing Jeffrey M. Smith (born 1956) is a self-published American author, independent film producer, professional dance instructor and former politician known for his work in transcendental meditation and yogic flying, Swing dance/Lindy Hop swing dance and Activism|activism in opposition to Genetically modified organisms (GMOs). He ran for the U.S. Congress as a candidate for the Natural Law Party (United_States), has authored several books, DVDs and a movie on the dangers of genetic engineering, serves on the Genetic Engineering Committee of the Sierra Club, and is a frequent conference speaker at advocacy, alternative health, organic and natural products conferences and his work is promoted on such nationally syndicated television programs as The Dr. Oz Show. Smith claims to have a background in communications and marketing, has served as an occasional contributor to his local newspaper and attended school at the Maharishi Institute of Management in Fairfield, Iowa where he resides.
There are few published details on Smith’s professional life prior to his joining with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi movement and affiliated Natural Law Party in 1992 and his campaigns against GMOs starting in 1999. Other than his time as a professional swing dance instructor, Jeffrey Smith has been a political activist, marketing and business development director and issues activist/author oriented around ventures linked to the multi-billion dollar Maharishi Institute religion and has no other reported education background or other credentials.
Natural Law Party political activism
Jeffrey Smith yogic flying demonstration
Jeffrey Smith, listing his occupation as “teacher” was a frequent donor to the Natural Law Party starting with its founding in 1992.Jeffrey Smith campaigned in 1996 for the Maharishi Mahesh’s Natural Law Party platform promoting transcendental meditation and yogic flying, taught and practiced at the Maharishi Institute, as a foundation for achieving world peace in politics. At campaign events in Illinois on behalf of Natural Law Party senate candidate Jim Davis, Smith provided demonstrations of yogic flying claiming the acts would “reduce crime and other ills.” Smith claimed. to have done yogic flying demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol, World Bank and United Nations as part of his campaign efforts in support of Natural Law Party candidates and promoting the adoption of teaching transcendental meditation in public schools. At campaign events Smith presented charts he claimed showed mass meditation and yogic flying lowered the crime rate in Washington, D.C., by 21 percent in a demonstration project.  Running on a platform promoting transcendental meditation and yogic flying in 1998, Smith was the Natural Law Party candidate for U.S. Congress in Iowa’s First District. Smith received 8 percent of the vote, losing to Republican Jim Leach. Other Natural Law Party proposed platform policies promoted by Smith’s campaign included the widespread adoption of organic agriculture, an 18 percent flat-tax, and creating “macro-economic stability through increased social coherence” by having tens of thousands of practitioners of transcendental meditation that would reduce unemployment, decrease inflation and improve other economic factors.
Swing Smith dance professional
Jeffrey and Andrea Smith
With his wife Andrea Vardi, Jeffry Smith has performed and provided instruction in swing dance under the professional name Swing Smith since 1996 teaching students at the University of Iowa and continues via the group “Lindy Fairfield” today. In 1999 the Smith duo founded Swingphoria, a Lindy Hop performance group, which performed around the Midwest.
Genetic ID, GMO testing laboratory
Smith worked from 1999 – 2001 as the vice president for marketing, communications and business development for the Fairfield, IA-based GMO testing laboratory Genetic-ID. Genetic-ID was founded by John Fagan, a dean and teacher at the Maharishi Institute, with Bill Witherspoon, a Midwest organizer for the Maharishi movement, and Jay B. Marcus, an attorney representing various Maharishi vedic health and organic food business interests. At Genetic-ID Smith traveled around the globe promoting food testing for and labeling of GMOs in food, personally asserting they were dangerous. Smith promoted Genetic-ID services to organic food companies, governments and activists groups who opposed genetically modified foods.  Genetic-ID has become a partner in the Non-GMO Project campaign linked to Maharishi follower Ken Roseboro’s Organic and Non-GMO Report.
Yes! Books in Fairfield, IA has published two books by Jeffrey Smith starting with Seeds of Deception in 2003, and was established as a retail book store in 2004; however, there are no formal business registrations for this book publisher name with the Iowa Secretary of State. Yes! Books is co-located with Jeffrey Smith’s Institute for Social Responsibility, and its product offerings appear limited to various anti-GMO authored content and Smith’s self-published publications, DVDs and “Non-GMO Educational Materials” promotional pamphlets. Smith’s wife Andrea Vardi serves as the media contact for Yes! Books and Smith’s public appearances promoting his books. Publishing under the banner of Yes! Books, Smith claims to be an international “best selling” author for his books; however, none appear verified on any such best sellerlists documenting sales.
Institute for Responsible Technology
Jeffrey Smith is currently the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, an organization he founded in 2003. According to a 2008 Reuters report, Smith’s Institute derives its income, for which he is paid a $24,000 annual salary, through speakers fees, book and DVD sales and sponsor donations for his advocacy efforts. From 2004-2012 the Institute was listed as the “fictitious” business name for and operated as a project of “The Coordinating Council,” a registered non-profit organization claiming no income or expenses from 2004-2007 and originally registered in Washington, State by nutraceutical lobbyist and health supplement salesman Craig Winters, as the umbrella organization for The Campaign to Label Genetically Modified Foods political ballot initiative in that state. Smith is the only listed member and sole employee for this organization. The Institute for Social Responsibility was created as a stand-alone tax-exempt, non-profit arm in 2012 Sponsoring donors listed on his website included: Organic Valley, Joe Mercola, Natural News/Mike Adams, Eden Organic, Nutiva, Nature’s Path Organic, WestSoy, EO, Earth’s Best Organic, New Chapter Organics, Rudis Organic Bakery, Silk, and various other organic and alternative health companies.
Several academics have launched campaigns to dissect and review Jeffrey Smith’s claims and criticize organizations and media outlets who report on his claims. Other skeptics of Smith’s attacks on genetically modified crops have called his assertions “pseudoscience” and have generally discounted the transcendental meditation and yogic flying bases of his claims due to the lack of quality research and a lack of methodological rigor in Smith’s claims.
Jeffrey Smith grew up in New York City and then attended school at the Maharishi Institute for Management and has been cited as an expert in yogic flying. From 1983 – 1988, as part of the Ministry of Celebration and Fulfillment, Smith studied in the business administration school’s Purusha program for the TM-Sidhi program approach to advanced meditation. Smith is credited with helping form the core of the U.S. “national Maharishi Effect|Super Radiance community” with TM and yogic flying demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol, World Bank and United Nations. In 2002 (around the same time period in which he claims to have been an international best selling author) Smith filed Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy in Iowa Federal Court. He resides in Fairfield, IA with his wife artist, jewelry maker and dance instructor Andrea Vardi (Maharishi Institute ’78).
Smith, Jeffrey M (2003). Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating. Fairfield, IA: YES! Books (self published). ISBN 978-0-8144-1622-8.
Smith, Jeffrey M (2007). Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. Fairfield, IA. ISBN 978-0972966528.
Smith, Jeffrey M (2003). Hard to Swallow: The Dangers of GE Food – An International Expose. Nelson, New Zealand: Craig Potton. ISBN 978-1877333118.
Cite movie |last=Smith |first=Jeffrey M |title= Genetic Roulette the Movie |studio=Institute for Responsible Technology |location=Fairfield, IA |year=2012 |ASIN= B0096DP4CG
Cite movie |last=Smith |first=Jeffrey M |title= Dangers in Kids’ Meals and Your Milk on Drugs —Just Say No! a DVD|studio=Institute for Responsible Technology |location=Fairfield, IA |year=2008 |ASIN= 0972966560
First we want to state the devastation to the environment from the molasses spill on Oahu, Hawaii deeply saddens us, there is nothing remotely funny in this disaster to Hawaii’s ecosystem. We are Loyal to the Land and this accident has done harm to Hawaii.
We had decided to not wade into this naturally sticky situation when a quote from a key politician gave me a sore neck from whiplash my brain began turning. Thank you Senator Brian Schatz for getting our attention!
Seriously whiplash almost occurred when I heard US Senator Brian Schatz state on KHNL/KGMB….he said quote “
A quote by Governor Abercrombie of Hawaii, regarding the anti-windmill activists: “Yes, we have to take points of view into account. But opinion that is merely opinion is not going to be good enough. It has to be science-based; it has to be reality-based in terms of the political nature of what is involved in global pricing right now where energy is concerned,” Abercrombie said. Mahalo Governor! Words of wisdom from our fearless leader Governor Abercrombie, Thank you guv’nor!
Now let’s share this with the a’oles on Kauai and Hawaii and especially elected officials that have run repeatedly for higher office and keep losing, only to be re-elected to county council. Now how can we best convey our message, the wise words of wisdom from politicians to politicians; after all how can you embrace science and scientists in one manner yet degrade and denigrate them in a hearing? Shouldn’t vetted scientists deserve respect from public officials; After all you’re elected and you’re not an expert; you’re a County Council member elected by the people to represent all of your community not the vocal minority or special interests.
Maybe the lesson for Hawaii is learning to craft better policies: Writing polices and laws based on sound evidence, good science and bringing in the experts to Hawaii that are needed and only then reacting. After all taking premature reaction without a solid foundation will cause unintended consequences to the community, the environment, economically and socially. Two key politicians in Hawaii have spoken words of wisdom; why would Hawaii and Kauai not listen?