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Birth Defects Increase in Hawaii After Being Chosen For GM Corn Testing Grounds

Posted by on September 5, 2015 in Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 10 Comments

Jay Syrmopoulos | The Free Thought Project

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Waimea, HI – Doctors are sounding the alarm after noticing a disturbing trend happening in Waimea, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Over the past five years, the number of severe heart malformations has risen to more than ten times the national rate, according to an analysis by local physicians.


Pediatrician Carla Nelson, after seeing four of these defects in three years, is extremely concerned with the severe health anomalies manifesting in the local population.

Nelson, as well as a number of other local doctors, find themselves at the center of a growing controversy about whether the substantial increase in severe illness and birth defects in Waimea stem from the main cash crop on four of the six islands, genetically modified corn, which has been altered to resist pesticide.

Hawaii has historically been used as a testing ground for almost all GMO corn grown in the United States. Over 90% of GMO corn grown in the mainland U.S. was first developed in Hawaii, with the island of Kauai having the largest area used.

Related Article: ‘Organic Ready’ Corn to Replace Monsanto’s GMO Corn, Cross-Pollination

According to a report in The Guardian:

In Kauai, chemical companies Dow, BASF, Syngenta and DuPont spray 17 times more pesticide per acre (mostly herbicides, along with insecticides and fungicides) than on ordinary cornfields in the US mainland, according to the most detailed study of the sector, by the Center for Food Safety.

That’s because they are precisely testing the strain’s resistance to herbicides that kill other plants. About a fourth of the total are called Restricted Use Pesticides because of their harmfulness. Just in Kauai, 18 tons – mostly atrazine, paraquat (both banned in Europe) and chlorpyrifos – were applied in 2012. The World Health Organization this year announced that glyphosate, sold as Roundup, the most common of the non-restricted herbicides, is “probably carcinogenic in humans”.

Waimea is a small town that lies directly downhill from the 12,000 acres of GMO test fields leased mainly from the state. Spraying takes place often, sometimes every couple of days. Residents have complained that when the wind blows downhill from the fields, the chemicals have caused headaches, vomiting, and stinging eyes.

“Your eyes and lungs hurt, you feel dizzy and nauseous. It’s awful,” local middle school special education teacher Howard Hurst told the Guardian. “Here, 10% of the students get special-ed services, but the state average is 6.3%,” he says. “It’s hard to think the pesticides don’t play a role.”

To add insult to injury, Dow AgraSciences’ main lobbyist in Honolulu, until recently, actually ran the main hospital in town. Although only 1,700ft away from a Syngenta field, the hospital has never done any research into the effects of pesticides on its patients.

Hawaiians have attempted to reign in the industrial chemical/farming machine on four separate occasions over the past two years. On August 9 an estimated 10,000 people marched through Honolulu’s main tourist district to protest the collusion of big business and state putting profits over citizens’ health.

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“The turnout and the number of groups marching showed how many people are very frustrated with the situation,” native Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte said.

Hawaiians have also attempted to use a ballot initiative to force a moratorium on the planting of GMO crops, according to The Guardian:

In Maui County, which includes the islands of Maui and Molokai, both with large GMO corn fields, a group of residents calling themselves the Shaka Movement sidestepped the company-friendly council and launched a ballot initiative that called for a moratorium on all GMO farming until a full environmental impact statement is completed there.

The companies, primarily Monsanto, spent $7.2m on the campaign ($327.95 per “no” vote, reported to be the most expensive political campaign in Hawaii history) and still lost.

Again, they sued in federal court, and, a judge found that the Maui County initiative was preempted by federal law. Those rulings are also being appealed.

Even amidst strong public pressure, the chemical companies that grow the GMO corn have continued to refuse to disclose the chemicals they are using, as well as the specific amounts of each chemical being used. The industry and its political cronies have continually insisted that pesticides are safe.

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  1. 164423140560781@facebook.com' Quezley Stitch Snipes says:

    Monsanto/CIA/Mossad/American pseudo government population control agenda.

  2. 10153621043765513@facebook.com' Alice Linda Manion says:

    It also makes you sterile, keep on eating corn, soybeans, and Gmos and you will get all kinds of sicknesses!!!

  3. 10204125596134525@facebook.com' Stephanie Iloff Briggs says:

    no way , its poison!

  4. 1017435678296936@facebook.com' Shekina Blue says:

    says it all doesn’t it?

  5. 120697354947376@facebook.com' TheSource Holistichealing says:

    Rosa Boyett this is true right?

  6. 10153176939081973@facebook.com' Jacqui Brown says:

    Krissy Fuller

  7. 1121332231228309@facebook.com' Barbara Lopez Silva says:

    Scary

  8. 1637251836522696@facebook.com' Jacky Pacyudan says:

    Native corn are safe but the corn produced by today’s technology are the one that is dangerous, because of altered genetics….pesticides and insecticides are never safe! WHY? Let the people who say it’s safe, drink it and let’s see what will happen to them!

  9. 10207974887438876@facebook.com' Rosa Boyett says:

    I’ve always thought that, why we’ve seen so many babies needing heart surgeries, but they won’t ever admit it!

  10. 10207440134784189@facebook.com' Shannon McCall Pendergrass says:

    Surprised? Really!? ?

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