‘March to Evict Monsanto’ Sees Large TurnoutMarch 16, 2013, 7:19 PM HST (Updated March 16, 2013, 7:31 PM)
Hundreds of Big Island residents took part in a “March to Evict Monsanto” this morning along Kamehameha avenue.
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.