For the past 20 plus years, the Hawaiian Islands have become ground zero for open air field trials of the biotech industry?s toxic chemicals and experimental GMO crops. Multiple tests have shown that the biotech industry?s harmful chemicals are contaminating local air and water sources that island residents and vacationers alike are exposed to. Even worse, at least 10 schools on Hawaii are only 100 yards away from GMO chemical fields, potentially endangering Hawaii?s school children’s health for the sake of profits for chemical and biotech companies.This week, public hearings are being held by the Kauai County Council about Bill 2491, a common sense ?Right to Know? bill to put public health ahead of biotech profits by limiting Restricted Use Pesticides and the Hawaii County Council to consider Bill 113, which would ban the planting of open-air growing of experimental GMOs on Hawaii Island and prohibit biotech companies from operating on the Big Island. Both of these bills are unprecedented in that they would prohibit the open air testing of experimental pesticides and experimental GMO crops, while forcing the mandatory public disclosure of pesticide use and restraining biotech companies on Hawaii. Tell the leaders of Hawaii it?s time to stop poisoning paradise and start protecting the islands? people, biodiversity and tourists or you?ll take your next vacation elsewhere!
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are supplied by companies that have been caught driving indigenous people and small farmers off of their ancestral land all around the world.Our Oxfam has discovered that a sugar company in Brazil has forced a small community from its land and sent a gang of thugs to burn down 53 families’ homes — all to supply sugar to companies like Coke and Pepsi. In Cambodia, a major sugar company drove hundreds of families from their land — because they no longer had documentation they lost during the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge.These horror stories are only the tip of the iceberg. Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been alerted, but they?ve failed to implement policies to stop their suppliers from grabbing land. Now we need to show them that consumers are ready to hold them accountable.Tell Coca-Cola and Pepsi: ensure that your suppliers aren?t stealing land.
This year, the Walt Disney Company announced it will no longer accept advertisements for junk food on its child-directed television, radio, and online sites.? Disney also updated its nutrition standards for foods that can be advertised to children. Meanwhile, almost half of food ads viewed by kids are seen on Viacom programming, which includes Nickelodeon. The food and beverage industry spends $2 billion per year advertising food to children.? Kids aged 2-11 years old see an average of 13 food ads a day, mainly promoting unhealthy foods.? This contributes to our country?s obesity epidemic; one in every three children is overweight or obese.?? Please urge Nickelodeon to follow Disney?s lead. Write to Nickelodeon and urge it to do right by our kids and stop advertising unhealthy food to them.