Why A Moratorium on GMO Taro?
GMO taro: • Undermines the genetic integrity of taro, sacred to the Hawaiian people; • Threatens the taro market and livelihood of taro farmers. Taro production yields over 6 million pounds annually valued at $3.3 million. • Threatens the biodiversity of the taro plant; • Could cause new, unexpected problems in taro cultivation; • Could contaminate traditional varieties of taro and take away taro farmers’ ability to choose what they grow in their lo’i; and • Overlooks the wealth of traditional knowledge about growing taro that has been passed down through generations and generations. History of GMO Taro In Hawaii Native Hawaiians, along with Hawaii SEED, are fighting back. You can too. Take action now! Past Actions “It is no small matter when an indigenous people share the importance of their traditional knowledge and genealogy, and the dominant culture refuses to listen. This is the time when we are making it perfectly clear that there is a kapu [ban] placed on all genetic modificatio