Photo: GMO protestors march along Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo. Photo by Nate Gaddis.
The event began at the King Kamehameha statue near Hilo’s Bayfront, with scores of demonstrators taking to the sidewalk under police escort to protest agricultural practices that employ genetic modification.
Protestors walked from the Kamehameha statue, past the bustling Hilo Farmers Market on their way to the Mo`oheau bandstand.
Event organizers had planned a series of speeches to be held at the bandstand to generate support for non-GMO foods. Organizers are also calling for an investigation of leases given to Monsanto for the purpose of GMO testing, including those administered by Kamehameha Schools.
Activists claim that over 5,000 GMO field experiments have been undertaken in the state of Hawaii.
Several guest speakers were scheduled, including Big Island Sen. Russell Ruderman (owner of the Island Naturals chain of health food stores) and UH Ag Professor Hector Valenzuela.
Mary True - 3 days ago
What no one seems to be talking about is that 1 or 2 hundred cars were ticketed for parking on the grass at the King Kamehameha statue. This is not done during sports events … what gives?