On June 25th, seven speakers discussed their fight against GMOs and Monsanto, and how the Hawaiian islands are setting the precedent for people everywhere to take charge of their right to protect health, life, and property for the greater well-being of their communities. To foster a deeper conversation, attendees were asked to watch Jeffrey's conversation on GMOs' health dangers, read Jeffrey's book State of the Science, or read Earth Island Journal's, Trouble in Paradise Hawaiians Push Back Against Big Ag.
Jeffrey Smith is an International best-selling author and filmmaker; Executive Director, Institute of Responsible Technology and leading spokesperson on the health dangers of GMOs. The leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey Smith's meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril. His work expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our nation's top food safety priority.
Mr. Smith's feature-length documentary was awarded the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (AwareGuide). Described as a “life-changer” and seen by millions world-wide, the film links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous problems that have been on the rise in the US population since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced.
Alika Atay was raised in Hawaii, and his family goes back at least ten generations. He is an indigenous farmer, and combines permaculture with traditional and ancient knowledge. Alika has been an active participant in the movement to rid the Hawaiian islands of big agriculture, and was one of the five citizens who submitted the first ever Maui County citizen's initiative to potentially get a proposal on the November election ballot.
Dustin Barca is a professional surfer, environmental activist, father, MMA fighter and Kaua'i Boy. “I was so lucky to grow up on Kaua`i, learning from my elders about our sacred and unique `aina. When I returned home from a traveling surf career, I started becoming aware of the issues our island is facing, and how the largest chemical corporations in the world were compromising the future health of our children and natural resources.” Barca began organizing marches state wide bringing thousands together throughout the islands. Barca's marches and vision to build a sustainable Kaua'i is all about the future generations and delivering a high quality of life and not compromising the things Hawaiian's value. Dustin Barca announced that he will seek the office of Kaua`i County Mayor in the 2014 elections. As part of his run for Mayor, Barca will paddle and run around the entire island of Kaua'i from May 29-June 1. He is driven by a strong sense of kuleana (responsibility and privilege) to Kaua`i and its people, and sees local government as a way to deepen his service.
Nomi Carmona is the Co-Founder, President and resident lobbyist for youth based pesticide and genetic engineering policy non-profit Babes Against Biotech. The watchdog organization is based in Hawaii which is GMO ground zero worldwide with over 5,000 open air experiments and year round growing seasons causing massive pesticide exposure. As the former Executive Secretary for the Honolulu City Council, District One, Waianae Coast, Nomi now directs Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai chapters to rid the Hawaiian islands of the world's largest chemical companies which are destroying the environment and creating public health hazards. With the community, she organized and publicized thirteen major marches across the islands against Monsanto in two years with over 22,000 Hawaii residents participating to support more than a dozen legislative accomplishments by the citizens, including the successful prohibition of open air genetic engineering on the island of Hawaii, forced pesticide disclosure, buffer zones and impact studies. Nomi trains citizens to take government back from the chemical companies performing genetic experiments, through peaceful democratic action, citizen lobbying efforts and increasing awareness through education.
Autumn Ness is a medical herbalist, community organizer, freelance activist and creator of ManaSol herbal skin care products. She lived in Japan for 12 years, where she ran a medicinal plants and massage studio & workshop. She lived near Fukushima during the tsunami, and when she became pregnant, moved to Hawaii to escape the radiation. Upon arriving on Maui, Autumn realized she left the shadow of Fukushima to now be in he shadow of Monsanto, and got involved with the Shaka movement to work on a moratorium on GMO crops, where she has gathered about 1000 signatures for the moratorium. She has been a community organizer for post-tsunami relief in Japan, and most recently has worked for Rock The Vote. She is a lover of plants, the ocean, and juicy mangoes.
Heather Salmon is a healer, planetary priestess, cultural creative and recording artist in addition to being a facilitator of the Pachamama Awakening the Dreamer symposium. In 2014, she became the Shaka Movement Maui GMO Moratorium Petition Drive Coordinator and helped to inspire and lead a team of over 400 petitioners. Driven by a knowing that we can create a new way of being on Earth that is sustainable, just, and thriving, Heather's passion is to inspire change through practices that cultivate peace and harmony. Heather founded the Black Swan Temple, a Project of Inquiring Systems, Inc. a California 501(c)(3) Corporation - Founded in 1978. BlackSwanTemple.org Mystical Alchemy
Joe is one of the founders of the Shaka GMO movement on Maui, and has dedicated his life to the service. He authored the internationally best selling book Repeatlessness – An Owners Manual for the Human Mind. In his book, Dr. Marshalla integrates what all the religions, philosophies and modern thoughts have in common with all the latest in quantum physics, spirituality, philosophy, biochemistry and psychology. He has developed several unique courses for the public including Empowerment, Relationship vs. Union, and Conscious Parenting. His corporate classes include Quantum Learning Techniques (QLT), Visual Graphic Reading (VGR), and Motivation vs. Inspiration, which have been taught to Fortune 500 companies and college campuses around the nation.
Are you waiting for someone else to solve the world's problems? Or praying for our leaders to use a magic wand to make it all better? Or could it be that somewhere inside of you the answer is waiting to be awakened and activated? Our live video conference calls will be unlike anything else you have attended. They are designed as a conversation between the speaker, moderator Konda Mason (social entrepreneur and Pachamama Alliance ally), and you.
The Pachamama Alliance is moving in a bold direction. Our community is awake, and hungry for the next step. As we continue to answer the call of the Achuar to change the dream of the modern world, The Pachamama Alliance community is requesting a deeper engagement with the issues of our time. We are now being called to provide more information and tools that lead to solutions-based thinking and decisive actions.
We're looking for a different conversation that goes beyond the superficial introduction of the issue. So we asked people to prepare for a deeper conversation by reading the material in advance, ready to jump into a robust conversation that begins where the material left off.
The opportunity is here.
The invitation is now.