This week, two noteworthy publications have critical bearing on the movement in Hawai‘i for accountability, information, and public health protections related to the large GMO and pesticide research operations across the islands:
The first, in the New England Journal of Medicine, entitled "GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health" questions the validity of previous scientific reviews on the safety of GMOs, pointing to a lack of consideration for the "overreliance on herbicides and, in particular, on glyphosate [which the] International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified . . . as a 'probable human carcinogen.'”
The second is an article in the venerable news outlet, The Guardian, entitled, "Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii's spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops" in which the author summarizes health concerns of doctors and local Hawai‘i leaders about the high rates of pesticide use on the islands, as well as the attempts to regulate the multi-national seed/chemical companies at the county and state levels.
These articles add to a growing body of knowledge about the health concerns at the root of a growing movement in Hawai‘i.