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The GMO Battle in Hawaii

Island Earth, a 63-minute documentary-style film, tells the tale of indigenous scientist Cliff Kapono and his struggle for truth between science and tradition as he enters an industry that many feel is threatening his homeland of Hawaii. His complex journey through the inner workings of GMO chemical companies and traditional Hawaiian elders reveals ancient values that can likely save our future.

“Small island societies were basically worlds in the era before globalization. Because they could see what they were doing to their world very quickly, stewardship became necessary to their survival.” -Peter Vitousek Ph.D. Stanford University.

Island Earth examines how traditional Polynesian values can inform our increasingly globalized society. Hawaii is widely known as “ground zero” for GMO farming where the world’s largest chemical companies alter their crops to withstand higher doses of their proprietary pesticides. These crops don’t feed Hawaii, instead they are shipped elsewhere to be grown, processed and shipped back to Hawaii in the form of processed food. Hawaii now imports 80-90% of their food, yet less than two centuries ago, native Hawaiians fed a similar population through some of the most sustainable agricultural practices ever documented. Within two generations, Hawaiians have become canaries in the coal mine for a tangled web of public policy and private interests.

In celebration of the public launch, Island Earth has two upcoming screenings in NYC. Please let me know if you would like to attend either and I will add you to the guest list.

Roxy Hotel – June 27th
Screening at 7:30 followed by Q&A with Cyrus Sutton

Wythe Hotel – June 28th
Screening at 7:30 followed by Q&A with Cyrus Sutton