/ September 9, 2016 /
I thought there might be yelling and protesters and people unwilling to listen.
Instead, it was sunflowers and bagpipes and, well, listening.
On Tuesday morning Syngenta invited attendees from the International Union for Conservation of Nature meeting and local guests to visit its Kunia farm, look around and ask questions. About 75 people attended a morning session, and 50 came for an afternoon visit. About 16 were from the IUCN group.
Syngenta, like its competitor Monsanto, has been demonized by those who believe science should be nowhere near the food supply and that profit should not be a part of farming. But the morning session — which included a walk through a field to pick sunflowers, a bagpipe performance by Syngenta Hawaii corporate affairs head Angus Kelly and a Hawaiian chant of welcome — didn’t feel defensive. It was more like a school field trip, but with graduate-level information and people who were open to hearing it. And like a school trip, there was an abundance of information and a few things that really stuck.
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