SUBHEAD: Dialog on Monsanto plans to pull current GMO development from Kauai.
By Jeri DiPietro on 26 February 2009 of www.hawaiiSEED.org
Image above: Monsanto headquarters in Hanapepe along he river next to the 1911 Bridge.Note Monsanto shuttle bus parked blocking public access boat ramp. Photo by Juan Wilson 11/7/07[Note from Jeri: Diane Leone at The Honolulu Advertiser, Kauai Bureau and environment reporting wrote me the following.]
You've probably heard the news Monsanto is removing its 30-person current workforce from Kauai by May. This "technology" group worked on early phase development of seed corn, about 70 percent of it GMO. Those jobs are moving to other Monsanto Hawaii operations on Maui, Molokai and/or Oahu. The people have the option to transfer or take severance. Meanwhile, Monsanto is considering having another of its groups move to Kauai, but hasn't made the final decision. If they come, they will be planting larger quantities of seed corn at a farther along stage of the development process. This could mean more acreage and fewer people. They might also decide to leave Kauai entirely. I'd like to put this move by Monsanto into context with the seed company business on Kauai and in the state. So your observations as part of GMO-Free Hawaii are welcome.
[Note from Jeri: My response follows.]