For Some, a Lack of Evidence Only Proves the Conspiracy

For Some, a Lack of Evidence Only Proves the Conspiracy

For Some, a Lack of Evidence Only Proves the Conspiracy

HONOLULU STAR ADVERTISER

/ May 29, 2016 /

“ … a story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure. Some pick out parts and reject the rest, some strain the story through their mesh of prejudice, some paint it with their own delight.”

John Steinbeck wrote that in “The Winter of Our Discontent” and though he was writing fiction, the passage applies to modern media. It applies especially well to the final report of the Kauai Joint Fact-Finding Group on pesticide use on the island.

The JFFG was created to investigate allegations of dangerous and irresponsible activities of seed farms on the island’s west side. To hear some tell it, companies like Syngenta, Pioneer and Dupont willfully poison the land and the people with all manner of pesticides, leading to shocking stories of illness and suffering. Call it the Seeds of Wrath.

After a year of gathering evidence — which, in part, amounted to people shaking their fists at community gatherings and shouting vague, scary stories about sea urchins and bats and asthma — the final report was released this week.

Guess what? Nobody could verify all those scary stories.

Visit: http://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/for-some-a-lack-of-evidence-only-proves-the-conspiracy/ to read the full article.

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