Monsanto’s far-reaching web of deceit – Part 5


As this movie’s plot begins to unfold more and more, Hawaii’s Attorney General appears to be pushing back into a corner more and more. I am confident that before long that corner will be so tight that they will have no where to go.

So, I received a reply to my last letter. It was dated November 15th. The relevance of that is that their replies are taking longer and longer. This is what I mean by them getting backed into the proverbial corner. Anyway, the letter goes like this:

Dear Mr. Goldstein:

Our office’s October 17, 2011 response to your earlier correspondence stated that “my client, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, disagrees with your interpretation that the use of Roundup, per se, is a violation of the Hawaii Pesticide Law . . .”

Your letter to me dated November 2, 2011 indicates that you presumed that this interpretation was made by the Board of Agriculture Chairperson, Russell Kokubun. Your assumption is incorrect and in fact, I was conveying the interpretation provided by the Department’s Pesticides Branch Chief, Tom Matsuda, whom you have apparently spoken with by telephone. Your November 17 letter questions the basis for the Department’s interpretation that Roundup use is not, per se, a violation of the Hawaii Pesticide Law. Your disagreement with the Department’s position should be discussed with the Department’s Pesticide’s Branch, and with Tom Matsuda, Branch Chief, in particular.

The Department of the Attorney General is the attorney for and provides legal services to our client agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, and provided the information in the original letter merely as a courtesy to you. As noted, the information came from the Department of Agriculture and therefore should be discussed with them directly.

Very truly yours,
Haunani Burns
Deputy Attorney General

It’s taken me a few days to stop laughing but my response was as follows:

November 25, 2011

Haunani Burns
Deputy Attorney General
425 Queen Street
Honolulu, Hi 96813

Dear Ms. Burns:

Thank you for your last response dated November 15, 2011.

As I understand it, it is your position to refuse, under my request and after citing specific Pesticide State Law, to enforce the State of Hawaii Pesticide statutes with respect to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready weed killer.

You have made it very clear that you have shifted the burden of a decision back to the very agency that is refusing to take action – the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture – where an investigation should be initiated in the first place.

The State Head of the Agriculture Department, Russell Kokubun, and his Pesticides’ Branch Chief, Tom Matsuda, who having received ample scientific data to substantiate the calling of a moratorium on the glyphosate containing Roundup, has no interest in doing so.

Complicating this is the fact that these two individuals have been made aware that Monsanto has known, since the 1980s, and through Monsanto’s own research that glyohosate causes cancer, endocrine damage and other debilitating health ramifications.

I find this to be an extreme contradiction to the positions that Mr. Kokubon and Mr. Matsuda hold in light of the fact that when speaking with Mr. Matsuda about Monsanto’s Roundup being in direct violation of the state Pesticide Law his comment was, “I will look into the scientific evidence but will take no action as I do what Mr. Kokubun says to do”. When I asked Mr. Matsuda if Mr. Kokubun told him to jump off the Aloha Tower would he do it?, the silence was deafening.

This reeks of anti-consumerism and pro-business as Mr. Kokubun has accepted large sums of money from Monsanto and is in a position to stonewall any investigation as his actions clearly indicate.

So, let me make this question to you, our Attorney General, perfectly clear and for the record: are you saying that if Mr. Kokubun tells you and Mr. Matsuda to ignore the current pesticide statutes that would normally require immediate action, specifically section 149A-32.5 of the Hawaii Pesticide Law which states, “Notwithstanding any law, rule or executive order to the contrary, the Chairperson of the Board of Agriculture, in consultation with the advisory committee on pesticides and also with the approval of the Director of Health, shall suspend, cancel or restrict the use of certain pesticides when the usage is determined to have unreasonable adverse effects on the environment”, that you will stand down and refuse to enforce the statutes?

If this is the case please explain this unusual circumstance where a government agency, specifically yours, which is tasked with Consumer Protection, decides to overlook the public good in the face of two decades of comprehensive research denouncing the herbicide ingredient glyphosate in favor of the company (Monsanto) that produces it.

I also ask why you felt the need to go to Mr. Kokubun and ask him if Roundup’s glyphosate needed to be investigated when he has already stated that although there is considerable evidence that clearly shows damage to humans and all living things, he is unwilling to even look into that evidence?

Please understand that not being a career politician nor an individual that has financial indebtedness to a corporation, like Mr. Kokubun does, I am just trying to gain some direction here and ascertain how far the corruption goes.

The law is clear and right there on the books but it takes someone like the Attorney General, the Health Department, and the Department of Agriculture to enforce it, yet none of these agencies acts or thinks for themselves. They do what Mr. Kokubun tells them to do.

So, what we have is a Governor appointee, Russell Kokubun, making up his own rules to support a corporation that benefits him and his cronies financially!

Unfortunately, after several decades of massive use and continuing this in the future, the birth defects, cancers, and other adverse health atrocities will be rampant world wide, with no one understanding why it is happening to them.

I am wondering if you have small children or perhaps even close friends that do or have children and pets that are loved? Now imagine that every time you and those children or pets go to the city or state parks in bare feet after they have sprayed the grounds with Roundup and it is absorbed directly into their blood stream, that it will manifest years later as a major disease with those affected wondering what they did to inherit this.

If there is no proof here, why did the City Parks Director, after a grass roots movement that caused hundreds of calls from mothers that use Kapiolani Park with their small children, ban the use of Roundup in Kapiolani Park?

In a past letter to me you said that you have a direct responsibility to support a state agency, your client, but the goal of the Attorney General’s office states that its function is to “safeguard the rights and interests of the people of Hawaii by being the defender of and the advocate for the people and undertaking appropriate legal and other actions on their behalf”. Where is the safeguarding of our rights in your response and who has the priority, the People, being the citizens of Hawaii that pay you your livelihood, or the Department of Agriculture and Monsanto?

In as much as you are in possession of the reports that I sent you, namely:
*The Huffington Post article, “Roundup: Birth Defects Caused By World’s Top-Selling Weed Killer, Scientists Say”.
*UH professor Hector Valenzuela’s report of the suppressed scientific report available at BirthDefectsv5
*Professor Valenzuels”s report on “Alternatives to the use of Roundup Herbicide”.
*The article, “Monsanto’s Roundup May End Bananas – And they’re merely the Canary in the Mine”.
*The article, “EU Regulators and Monsanto Exposed for Hiding Glyphosate Toxicity”.

Maybe you could explain to me how, when a product (Roundup) puts the people at serious health risk, which is confirmed by all of the above, most notably the 52 page report with 359 references compiled by noted and peer-respected research scientists, you, rather than taking the position of protecting the people and rather than adhering to your goal of safeguarding the rights and interests of the people of Hawaii by being the defender and advocate for the people and undertaking appropriate legal and other actions on their behalf, instead defend a corrupt Department of Agriculture and employee whose sole mission is to protect a corporation to which he is financially indebted?

From the failure to allow labeling of GMOs, the spread of GMO seed crops in Hawaii, and the unsafe use of pesticide, Mr. Kokubun can always be depended upon by the GMO, genetically engineered Monsanto group and our other genetically modified Hawaii politicians that have accepted campaign contributions from Monsanto, to protect their interests over those of the people, which Mr. Kokubun allegedly was commissioned to do when he was appointed to his position by Governor Neil Abercrombie. How foolish of me. Governor Abercrombie is one of our genetically modified politicians as well.

Hawaii’s Pesticide Law is quite clear when it states that a moratorium on a pesticide’s use can be implemented until a thorough, independent (not from Monsanto’s scientists) test can be done to determine that assertion. Yet, despite this and despite the fact that Monsanto has covered up since the 1980s and the government regulators since the 1990s, that these severe health ramifications from exposure to the glyphosate in Roundup exists and is very real.

In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, the researchers found that Monsanto’s corn is linked to organ damage in rats.

According to the study, which was summarized by Rady Ananda at Food Freedom, “Three varieties of Monsanto’s GM corn – Mon 863, insecticide-producing Mon 810, and Roundup herbicide-absorbing NK 603 – were approved for consumption by U.S., European, and several other national food safety authorities”.

Monsanto gathered its own crude statistical data after conducting a 90-day study, even though chronic problems can rarely be found after 90 days, and concluded that the corn was safe for consumption. The stamp of approval may have been premature, however.

In the conclusion of the aforementioned IJBS study, researchers wrote:
“Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs, but in detail differed with each GM type.

In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences in liver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats, cannot be dismissed as biologically insignificant as has been proposed by others.

We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity…. These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and therefore their health consequences, for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown”.

Monsanto has immediately responded to the study, stating that the research is “based on faulty analytical methods and reasoning and do not call into question the safety findings of these products”.

The IJBS study’s author, Gilles-Eric Seralini responded to the Monsanto statement on the blog, Food Freedom,
“Our study contradicts Monsanto’s conclusions because Monsanto systematically neglects significant health effects in mammals that are different in males and females eating GMOs, or not proportional to the dose. This is a very serious mistake, dramatic for public health. This is the major conclusion revealed by our work, the only reanalysis of Monsanto’s crude statistical data”.

Once again Ms. Burns, I implore you to go deeper and instigate independent testing on Monsanto’s Roundup and institute a statewide moratorium on its usage until it is determined that the alleged health ramifications due to exposure, of cancer, birth defects, embryonic deaths, organ failure, skeletal malformations, craniofacial. mouth and eye deformities, endocrine disruptions, irreversible damage to liver cells, human cell death, DNA damage, and neurotoxic effects, at any level is valid.

I would also suggest that you contact UH Professor Hector Valenzuela, Greenpeace, Earth Justice and any of the other authors of the reports sent to you for confirmation or denial of the truths presented in this letter.
I am attaching the following for you:
*The Scientific American article: “Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells”. (6 pages)
*The Hawaii Health article: “Court of Appeals Dismisses Monsanto’s Appeal of Biotech Beets Case, Preserves Victory for Farmers, Environment”. (2 pages)
*The Wild Ones article: “The Roundup Myth”. (4 pages)
* The Roundup Specimen Label indicating that contact may result in “Severe Injury or Destruction”. 1 page.
* The article: “Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup”. (5 pages)
*The Natural article: “Monsanto: The world’s poster child for corporate manipulation and deceit”. (14 pages)
Again, your pledge states: “to safeguard the rights and interests of the people of Hawaii by being the defender of and advocate for the people and undertaking legal and other actions on their behalf”. It does not say you are there to support the corrupt policies or politics of a Department of Agriculture employee or employees.
Have a nice day.


Hesh Goldstein

Governor Abercrombie
Senator Daniel Akaka
Senator Dan Inouye
Representative Mazie Hirono
Federal Attorney General Florence T. Nakakuni
Richard Borreca – Star Advertiser
David Shapiro – Star Advertiser
Frank Bridgewater – Star Advertiser
Alan McNarie – Big Island News
Maui News

The situation is so very corrupt that it needs to be exposed. The more people that make contact with them the more they will take it seriously. If everyone that reads this would contact these corrupt politicians maybe it would finally get their attention.

Governor Neil Abercrombie: T (808) 586-0034 F (808) 586-0006

Attorney General: T (808) 586-1500 F (808) 586-1259

To email the Attorney General you must first Google or Yahoo:
Email Hawaii Attorney General.
After doing this a screen will open up allowing you to complete an email.

These people need to know that this issue is known country-wide. Bury them! We did to no avail.


About Hesh:

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Hesh Goldstein
When I was a kid, if I were told that I'd be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would've thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30's.

Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-time job working for a butcher. I was the delivery guy and occasionally had to go to the slaughterhouse to pick up products for the store. Needless to say, I had no consciousness nor awareness, as change never came then despite the horrors I witnessed on an almost daily basis.

After graduating with a degree in accounting from Seton Hall, I eventually got married and moved to a town called Livingston. Livingston was basically a yuppie community where everyone was judged by the neighborhood they lived in and their income. To say it was a "plastic" community would be an understatement.

Livingston and the shallowness finally got to me. I told my wife I was fed up and wanted to move. She made it clear she had to be near her friends and New York City. I finally got my act together and split for Colorado.

I was living with a lady in Aspen at the end of 1974, when one day she said, " let's become vegetarians". I have no idea what possessed me to say it, but I said, "okay"! At that point I went to the freezer and took out about $100 worth of frozen, dead body parts and gave them to a welfare mother who lived behind us. Well, everything was great for about a week or so, and then the chick split with another guy.

So here I was, a vegetarian for a couple weeks, not really knowing what to do, how to cook, or basically how to prepare anything. For about a month, I was getting by on carrot sticks, celery sticks, and yogurt. Fortunately, when I went vegan in 1990, it was a simple and natural progression. Anyway, as I walked around Aspen town, I noticed a little vegetarian restaurant called, "The Little Kitchen".

Let me back up just a little bit. It was April of 1975, the snow was melting and the runoff of Ajax Mountain filled the streets full of knee-deep mud. Now, Aspen was great to ski in, but was a bummer to walk in when the snow was melting.

I was ready to call it quits and I needed a warmer place. I'll elaborate on that in a minute.

But right now, back to "The Little Kitchen". Knowing that I was going to leave Aspen and basically a new vegetarian, I needed help. So, I cruised into the restaurant and told them my plight and asked them if they would teach me how to cook. I told them in return I would wash dishes and empty their trash. They then asked me what I did for a living and I told them I was an accountant.

The owner said to me, "Let's make a deal. You do our tax return and we'll feed you as well". So for the next couple of weeks I was doing their tax return, washing their dishes, emptying the trash, and learning as much as I could.

But, like I said, the mud was getting to me. So I picked up a travel book written by a guy named Foder. The name of the book was, "Hawaii". Looking through the book I noticed that in Lahaina, on Maui, there was a little vegetarian restaurant called," Mr. Natural's". I decided right then and there that I would go to Lahaina and work at "Mr. Natural's." To make a long story short, that's exactly what happened.

So, I'm working at "Mr. Natural's" and learning everything I can about my new dietary lifestyle - it was great. Every afternoon we would close for lunch at about 1 PM and go to the Sheraton Hotel in Ka'anapali and play volleyball, while somebody stayed behind to prepare dinner.

Since I was the new guy, and didn't really know how to cook, I never thought that I would be asked to stay behind to cook dinner. Well, one afternoon, that's exactly what happened; it was my turn. That posed a problem for me because I was at the point where I finally knew how to boil water.

I was desperate, clueless and basically up the creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there was a friend of mine sitting in the gazebo at the restaurant and I asked him if he knew how to cook. He said the only thing he knew how to cook was enchiladas. He said that his enchiladas were bean-less and dairy-less. I told him that I had no idea what an enchilada was or what he was talking about, but I needed him to show me because it was my turn to do the evening meal.

Well, the guys came back from playing volleyball and I'm asked what was for dinner. I told them enchiladas; the owner wasn't thrilled. I told him that mine were bean-less and dairy-less. When he tried the enchilada he said it was incredible. Being the humble guy that I was, I smiled and said, "You expected anything less"? It apparently was so good that it was the only item on the menu that we served twice a week. In fact, after about a week, we were selling five dozen every night we had them on the menu and people would walk around Lahaina broadcasting, 'enchilada's at "Natural's" tonight'. I never had to cook anything else.

A year later the restaurant closed, and somehow I gravitated to a little health food store in Wailuku. I never told anyone I was an accountant and basically relegated myself to being the truck driver. The guys who were running the health food store had friends in similar businesses and farms on many of the islands. I told them that if they could organize and form one company they could probably lock in the State. That's when they found out I was an accountant and "Down to Earth" was born. "Down to Earth" became the largest natural food store chain in the islands, and I was their Chief Financial Officer and co-manager of their biggest store for 13 years.

In 1981, I started to do a weekly radio show to try and expose people to a vegetarian diet and get them away from killing innocent creatures. I still do that show today. I pay for my own airtime and have no sponsors to not compromise my honesty. One bit of a hassle was the fact that I was forced to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition to shut up all the MD's that would call in asking for my credentials.

My doing this radio show enabled me, through endless research, to see the corruption that existed within the big food industries, the big pharmaceutical companies, the biotech industries and the government agencies. This information, unconscionable as it is, enabled me to realize how broken our health system is. This will be covered more in depth in the Introduction and throughout the book and when you finish the book you will see this clearly and it will hopefully inspire you to make changes.

I left Down to Earth in 1989, got nationally certified as a sports injury massage therapist and started traveling the world with a bunch of guys that were making a martial arts movie. After doing that for about four years I finally made it back to Honolulu and got a job as a massage therapist at the Honolulu Club, one of Hawaii's premier fitness clubs. It was there I met the love of my life who I have been with since 1998. She made me an offer I couldn't refuse. She said," If you want to be with me you've got to stop working on naked women". So, I went back into accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a large construction company for many years.

Going back to my Newark days when I was an infant, I had no idea what a "chicken" or "egg" or "fish" or "pig" or "cow" was. My dietary blueprint was thrust upon me by my parents as theirs was thrust upon them by their parents. It was by the grace of God that I was able to put things in their proper perspective and improve my health and elevate my consciousness.

The road that I started walking down in 1975 has finally led me to the point of writing my book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”. Hopefully, the information contained herein will be enlightening, motivating, and inspiring to encourage you to make different choices. Doing what we do out of conditioning is not always the best course to follow. I am hoping that by the grace of the many friends and personalities I have encountered along my path, you will have a better perspective of what road is the best road for you to travel on, not only for your health but your consciousness as well.

Last but not least: after being vaccinated as a kid I developed asthma, which plagued me all of my life. In 2007 I got exposed to the organic sulfur crystals, which got rid of my asthma in 3 days and has not come back in over 10 years. That, being the tip of the iceberg, has helped people reverse stage 4 cancers, autism, joint pain, blood pressure problems, migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, and more. Also, because of the detoxification effects by the release of oxygen that permeates and heals all the cells in the body, it removes parasites, radiation, fluoride, free radicals, and all the other crap that is thrust upon us in the environment by Big Business.

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