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Walter Ritte

One of Hawaii's most well-known political activists is focusing these days on the GMO issue

By Mark Coleman

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 05, 2013

~~<p>Walter Ritte has been a political activist in Hawaii for many decades, most recently as a leader in the movement against GMO (genetically modified organism) foods.</p>
<p>In 2005 he led protests on Molokai against Monsanto, a GMO company that has a large presence there, and later opposed efforts by the University of Hawaii and others to genetically modify and patent taro. Taro, of course, is virtually sacred in Native Hawaiian cosmology, and Ritte has been all about upholding Native Hawaiian culture and practices since his earliest days as an activist.</p>
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Walter Ritte has been a political activist in Hawaii for many decades, most recently as a leader in the movement against GMO (genetically modified organism) foods.

In 2005 he led protests on Molokai against Monsanto, a GMO company that has a large presence there, and later opposed efforts by the University of Hawaii and others to genetically modify and patent taro. Taro, of course, is virtually sacred in Native Hawaiian cosmology, and Ritte has been all about upholding Native Hawaiian culture and practices since his earliest days as an activist. Login for more...



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