THE ECO BOSS PROJECT

An experiment in conscious living.

Archive for Hawai`i

Commitment #44

“I will not use Styrofoam.”

People the world over are making a stand against the way Styrofoam has taken over the take-out experience and here in Hawai`i we are fortunate to have professional help. I guess with the greatest percentage of residents who order takeout food,  (yep, Hawai`i is number one) we need it.

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Commitment #15

“I will not support the cultivation of GMOs in Hawai`i.”

I confess making the commitment to avoid GMOs in my diet doesn’t do it for me. What about avoiding them in my environment? Monsanto Hawai`i states, “There are few places in the world that are as ideal as the Hawaiian Islands for agricultural biotechnology.” If you ask me, they chose our islands as their Petri dish because we’re isolated. As supporters of GMOs try to make their case by claiming they saved the Hawai`i island papaya industry from the ringspot virus (PRSV), I’m thinking about the resulting 60% loss of market because Japan — our most lucrative sector — will not accept our genetically modified foods. Profits decreased in other markets as well because farmers can no longer get a premium for Hawai`i grown papayas, now that they have been infiltrated with those altered genes. And I’m downright disturbed that these unregulated, transgenic papaya trees are cross pollinating with organically grown, non-GMO trees, the fruits of which can still be labeled USDA certified organic! So, I ask, how can I even make the conscious decision to avoid GMOs when they are at-large in Hawai`i?

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