Following a ballot measure in Maui County, Hawaii which called for a ban on GMO crops – Monsanto and Dow Chemical filed a lawsuit in federal court. The agricultural giants called on a judge to block the law and to invalidate the voter-approved measure.
The US federal judge in the case is Barry Kurren, who has already sided with Monsanto against Kaui’s attempt to regulate GMOs
The Judges wife Faye, is the past president of the University of Hawaii Foundation, which is the fund-raising arm of the University, according to a report by Jon Rappoport, who continues:
On July 8, 2010, Monsanto gave $100,000 to University for its scholarship fund.
Judge Kurren’s wife, Faye, has also served as a trustee of the Nature Conservancy, which has a long-established relationship with Monsanto. From the Conservancy’s website: “Monsanto has supported the Nature Conservancy for years.”
Presently, Kurren’s wife is a board member of the First Hawaiian Bank. On its website, there is this quote of “GMO praise” (page 4 of 6):
“Kauai is an ideal research laboratory for the seed corn industry…there are currently five parent seed corn operations on the island: [biotech GM giants] Pioneer Hi-Bred…Syngenta, Dow Monsanto, and BASF. Dow Agrosciences recently leased 3,400 acres of former sugar land…”
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