Surfers march against Genetically Modified Organisms in Hawaii

December 18, 2013 | Environment
Dustin Barca: keeping chemicals out of the Hawaiian Islands

The world's best surfers have marched against experimental tests of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) that have been conducted by Monsanto, in the Hawaiian Islands.

Companies like Monsanto, Dow, Dupont/Pioneer, Syngenta and BASF have been spraying over 70 different chemicals, on an almost daily basis, on the Hawaiian lands.

Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Shane Dorian, Mark Healey, Makua Rothman, Bede Durbidge and Jamie O'Brien have participated in the Aloha Aina March, in Haleiwa, organized by surf environmentalist Dustin Barca and Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition.

The protests were also directed at Kamehameha Schools, a private charitable educational trust. Hawaii's largest private landowner has leased more than 1000 acres of land to Monsanto for GMO testing.

The environmental organizations believe that companies like Monsanto own or lease between 40000-60000 acres of land, in which they make open-field tests. Only less than 3000 acres are certified organic farmland, which is 0.27% of Hawaiian farmland.

Surfers are encouraged to step up against Genetically Modified Organisms in the Hawaiian Islands. Evict Monsanto from Haleiwa and support the Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition.

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