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In this video, we take a trip to the north shore of Oahu to find out how GMOs are impacting the land and the people on the Hawaiian Islands – and what it means for the rest of us.

About GMO

Key Facts about GMOs

Did you know that 80% of processed foods you eat in the U.S. contain GMOs?

What exactly is a GMO and why are they banned in some countries, but not in others? Why do companies refuse to label GMO foods, if they’re safe and nutritious as they claim?

Some of the world’s best surfers – including Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Sebastian Zietz, and Dustin Barca – are showing up for protests against GMO corporations on the Hawaiian Islands, and voicing their concerns. But WHY? Here are some key facts about GMOs:

• GMO = Genetically Modified Organism. It’s a plant or animal that has been genetically altered with DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria, and even viruses. Humans literally inject genes from one species into another species to change it in some way that could never occur naturally.

• Five countries produce 90% of the world’s GMO crops: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India and the United States. Common GMO crops include corn, canola, soy, sugar beets, and cotton.

• GMOs are engineered to withstand heavy amounts of pesticides, which are bad for our health and the environment. Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. (source: Non-GMO Project)

• More than 60 countries have banned or seriously restricted GMOs because they aren’t considered to be safe.

• In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. Nearly 90% of corn, 94% of soy, and 90% of cottonseed grown in the U.S. are from genetically engineered seeds. (source: Just Label It)

• More than 90% of Americans want GMOs labeled. By labeling GMO foods we could make more informed decisions about what we’re eating, and better understand the risks and benefits of GMOs.

• Hawaii is ground zero for new GMO and pesticide testing. The largest biotech agri-chemical corporations in the world (including Syngenta, Monsanto, Pioneer, Dow Chemical, and BASF) are spraying toxic restricted use pesticides on GMO field trials near schools, hospitals, and residential neighborhoods. People are getting sick adjacent to these test fields. To learn more, check out our “Resources” section of the website.

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Learn More

Why re-invent the wheel, when others are already doing great work? Check out the following resources to learn more about GMOs and get involved!

Ohana O Kauai

‘Ohana’O Kaua’i is a group of local residents committed to active community...

Hawaii GMO Justice Coalition

Great resource to learn more about GMOs in Hawaii.

Just Label It

Working for mandatory labeling of GMO foods.

Center for Food Safety

Great resource to learn more about GMOs in general.

Non-GMO Project

Find non-GMO foods and products.

Babes Against BioTech

The latest news about GMOs on the Hawaiian Islands, and upcoming events.

Genetic Roulette

The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods.

Food, Inc.

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food.

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Things you can do!

Help Hawaii become GMO Free!


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Sign the Petition to Evict Monsanto from the North Shore of Oahu.

Tell Kamehameha Schools to do what's right and evict Monsanto. Sign the petition here!


Tell Hawaii State Legislature:
"Don't Let GMO Corporations Poison Paradise."

Put the pressure on Hawaii state politicians and tell them to regulate biotech and pesticide experimentation in Hawaii. Sign the petition here!


Say “Shame On You” to GMO Corporations for suing Kauai County.

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Make changes in your own life to become GMO free!

Here are some easy actions you can take to make a big difference in your own life and community.


Buy organic and “Non-GMO Project” certified foods.

Avoid the main GMO crops including corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets. Click for a Non-GMO Food Chart


Ask your local restaurants if they have any non-GMO menu items.

If enough people ask for this, they’ll make the change. Customers know best!


Shop at your local farmers market.

Get to know the people that grow your food.