Now that the World Health Organization has determined processed meats fer shure cause cancer, will the anti-ag folks expand their call for a ban on glyphosate (Roundup) — deemed by WHO as a mere probable carcinogenic — to include Spam, bacon and Vienna Sausage, too?
Will we now see a spate of class action suits against Hormel by people who claim they were harmed by eating their products?
And if west Kauai residents are, indeed, suffering health problems, how will we be able to determine whether it's due to pesticide exposure or a lifetime of Spam musubi and Portuguese sausage?
The conclusion puts processed meats in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking and asbestos. This does not mean that they are equally dangerous, says the International Agency for Research on Cancer — the agency within the WHO that sets the classifications. And it's important to note that even things such as aloe vera are on the list of possible carcinogens.
Aloe vera? Yes, despite these highly-publicized announcements, it seems the real world comprises many shades of gray — and blasts of vibrant color, too.
But in the stale, stagnant, soporific world of Babes Against Biotech, it's all black and white, good and bad. And now the misnamed “Babes” have decided that bananas genetically engineered to resist the destructive banana bunchy top (BBT) virus are evil incarnate.
They're rallying the other knee-jerk no-nothings to flood the inbox of the state Board of Agriculture, which today is considering the University of Hawaii's request for a permit to import genetically engineered, BBT-resistant, tissue-cultured banana plants for greenhouse and field research.
Lead Babester Nomi Carmona wasn't even in Hawaii when BBT devastated banana plantations across the state, especially Kauai. But some of us can still remember guys having their entire farms wiped out, their livelihoods destroyed with no compensation, during the state-mandated eradication, which I covered for the Honolulu Weekly.
Currently, farmers use pesticides — including the aforementioned dreaded glyphosate — to control BBT and kill diseased plants. With a BBT-resistant banana, pesticide use would decrease. So which will it be, girls? GMO or chem? Or should we just say nevah mind, and keep importing most of our bananas from Central America? So much for improving food security and minimizing carbon footprints.
Ever notice how many ethical and logical conflicts exist in their warped world view?
In yet another example of the odd alliance between self-proclaimed greenies and tourism, the Babes are also urging non-residents to contact Hawaii Tourism Authority to say they're not sure they want to visit a state with GM bananas or other biotech. Fine. Then stay home. We've got enough misinformed whiners here already.
Hector Valenzuela, who disingenuously claims he's not anti-GMO, helpfully provided the Babes with their “scientific” talking points, since they're not really bright or educated enough to suss it out themselves. But Hector dished his own bullshit with his claim: “Little research has been conducted by UH to find alternative ecologically-based, low input, practices to manage the bunchy top virus in Hawaii.”
Isn't that part of your job, Hector? Or are you too busy running to anti-GMO rallies to actually conduct research? And what is more "ecologically-based and low input" than a BBT-resistant variety? As for managing the virus, two very effective, low-cost methods are cutting down diseased plants and not moving infected keiki. But the general public isn't willing to do even that.
Hopefully the state BOA will tell BAB to stick to what it knows — meme-making and fear-fostering — and leave the agricultural decisions to the experts.
Speaking of silly memes and fear, I noticed that GMO Free USA employed both to totally twist what happened on Molokai when Ashley Lukens and the Center for Food Safety showed up to lecture folks there. As the group posted on Facebook:
What happens when someone does a presentation about pesticides and health on the Hawaiian island of Molaka'i in the heart of GMO experimentation? Dr. Ashley Lukens, of the Hawai'i Center for Food Safety found out. 100+ employees of Monsanto, et al showed up to bully, intimidate and harass her. Thank you, to Ashley for being brave enough to take this on. Hawai'i is on the front line of the GMO and pesticide battlefield. Watch the video to the end to see the true colors of the agrichemical industry.
Yeah, and check out the true colors of the anti-GMO crowd, writ large in the comment thread:
Beba Hojt You can make money without selling your soul to the devil. If they have sold their soul to the devil they should be forced to eat the crap they produce in jail. That is where they all belong.
This woman also has stuff on Facebook about how 90% of breast cancers are linked to root canals and vegetarian hot dogs contain human DNA. Uh, OK, sure...
Joanna Wheeler I feel so bad for this workers. It is the only job they can get in Molokai and they go there MADE by their bosses, come or else. It is heart breaking to see how their bosses do not care for them. They are truly victims of the chem cartel.
Yes, Joanna, but you and the rest of the Kauai anti-GMO contingent are so compassionate in calling for the complete elimination of all their jobs. As in, "Let them mow lawns for rich folk if they want to eat!"
Pamela Gardiner Johnston The GMO/Agrichemical industry is afraid of an INFORMED PUBLIC!!
Well, given the comments on that thread, there's no danger of that happening any time soon.
Charley Watkins They are afraid of the pure white light of the truth
Which he, no doubt, has a lock on.
So does Ashley, knowing the photo and text is all a lie, make any attempt to correct it? Nope:
Ashley Barbara Lukens Mahalo for sharing!
And Ashley and her cohorts claim they want to have a civil discourse on these issues.
Ya might want to start with a little of that "pure white light of the truth," Ashley. If you can stand the brightness, that is.