Hawai‘i SEED is a nonprofit organization and coalition of grassroots groups, farmers activists and community from five islands working to educate the public about the risks posed by genetically engineered organisms and to promote diverse, local, healthy and ecological food and farming. Our island groups include GMO-Free Kaua‘i, GMO-Free O‘ahu and GMO-Free Maui.
We support sustainable agriculture and GMO labeling legislation, create educational and awareness-raising initiatives such as our book Facing Hawai‘i’s Future and local seed exchanges, and help to create a robust network of information-sharing and action across Hawai‘i around this issue.
Hawai`i SEED incorporated as a non profit 501(c)(3) in September of 2005.
The corporation is organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to educate the public, government and business community about locally-based agricultural systems that create real food security for Hawai‘i and about the risk posed by certain agricultural and food systems while protecting human health and the environment.
Activities of Hawai‘i SEED include bolstering the community of sustainable farms and farmers throughout the state of Hawai‘i. By providing workshops to farmers, we hope to deemonstrate alternatives to genetic engineering. Hawai“i SEED facilitated the public testing of papayas for citizens throughout the state to determine if their fruit is contaminated with genetically engineered organisms.
Hawai‘i SEED also conducts general outreach to raise awareness about genetic engineering and alternatives to genetic engineering at public speaking events, and media outreach. We also give presentations to agricultural and other community groups about GMOs and their alternatives.
Hawai‘i SEED orgnizes speaking tours for groups of local experts who travel throughout the islands educating citizens about genetic engineering in Hawai‘i.