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
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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 September 6, 2011, Monsanto donated $500,000 to the University to establish a Monsanto Research Fellows Fund for “plant science.”
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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