Letters 11-4-13


Transgenic crops are safe for consumption

Bill 113 is terrible legislation. This bill shuts the door (only for the Big Island) on transgenic crop technology despite the real benefits this technology offers, and before we see progress yet to come. People on the Big Island can see that transgenic papaya is still just papaya, and we can see that transgenic corn is corn. In fact, transgenic corn is safer than its nontransgenic counterpart. It has lowered pesticide usage in our fields and mycotoxin content in our food. If the concern is pesticide use and big agriculture, propose a bill limiting those things, but transgenic crops are safe.

Here is a statement from the American Association for the Advancement of Science: “The science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe. The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion: consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques.”

As others have said, people are watching. This bill defies logic and scientific consensus. It is an embarrassment. Please don’t support bill 113.

I am a professor of plant pathology but I am not speaking on behalf of the university.

Michael Shintaku

Hilo

Let them smoke but ban the filters

I agree with both Bob Green and Dennis L. Larson. If you want to smoke yourself to that big ash tray in the sky, go right ahead.

My only problem with smokers is the mess they make with the butts and filters — throwing them everywhere or emptying their car ashtray in parking lots, along the side of the road or at the beach.

I say outlaw the filters and you might be surprised how many quit or never start and end the mess they make.

Dave Cochrane

Waikoloa