Is Judge in Maui GMO case connected to Monsanto?

Is Judge in Maui GMO case connected to Monsanto?

by Jon Rappoport

November 24, 2014

After the citizens of Maui just voted to stop Monsanto and Dow from further GMO development, Monsanto filed suit.

Barry Kurren is the US federal magistrate overseeing the court battle between Maui and Monsanto.

Judge Kurren’s wife, Faye, is the past president of the University of Hawaii Foundation, which is the fund-raising arm of the University.

On September 6, 2011, Monsanto donated $500,000 to the University to establish a Monsanto Research Fellows Fund for “plant science.”

On July 8, 2010, Monsanto gave $100,000 to University for its scholarship fund.

Judge Kurren’s wife, Faye, has also served as a trustee of the Nature Conservancy, which has a long-established relationship with Monsanto. From the Conservancy’s website: “Monsanto has supported the Nature Conservancy for years.”

Presently, Kurren’s wife is a board member of the First Hawaiian Bank. On its website, there is this quote of “GMO praise” (page 4 of 6):

“Kauai is an ideal research laboratory for the seed corn industry…there are currently five parent seed corn operations on the island: [biotech GM giants] Pioneer Hi-Bred…Syngenta, Dow Monsanto, and BASF. Dow Agrosciences recently leased 3,400 acres of former sugar land…”

These academic, corporate, non-profit, bank connections are part of Hawaii’s overall social and political networks, which form a “community of interest.”

What would happen if Judge Kurren suddenly ruled against Monsanto? How many shocks would ripple out into protected interests? How many social friendships would suddenly collapse? How embarrassing would it be for Faye Kurren?

How much easier would it be to “honor” those connections and friendships and moneyed interests by siding with Monsanto?

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

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19 comments on “Is Judge in Maui GMO case connected to Monsanto?

  1. M E Cheshier says:

    Reblogged this on How 2 Be Green and commented:
    Great artcle

  2. Z R says:

    November 29? This article is from the future….

  3. arcadia11 says:

    monsanto also funds the un. nature conservancy is a land-grab un ngo. there is almost no aspect of life on this planet free of the tentacles of the un. and of course the un has named its global dictatorship plan agenda 21. call it by its name, expose it loudly, expose those who are in enthrallment to it, and start a recall of every local official working to implement it. check out ‘misprision of treason’ and move on that.

    “the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names” – i believe this is true. too much energy is expended dodging the thousands of bullets aimed at us on a daily diversionary basis. it is more efficient to disarm the shooters. and the shooters have all gathered under the aegis of the un.



    ps jon – your almost peculiar perspicacity and expressiveness are a delight. i am happy that we are on the earth plane at the same time. thank you.

  4. Tweeted and shared widely to raise awareness. Like all the previous articles relating to Maui I agree with the people and I appreciate your work Jon. Another very well written article.

  5. David Marino says:

    The answer to the title of this article is an obvious and overwhelming yes. This judge should be forced to withdraw. She is just part of the built-in corruption network that Monsanto had in place from the onset, just in case they lost the vote (and could not get away with cleverly hiding vote manipulation in order to win).

  6. Poppy says:

    Thank you for your work. In the future can you spell the name of the island of Kauai correctly. It’s important.

  7. pcoper says:

    Today I decided earlier and I just realized that it is occurring, I was going to absolve the important things in Life and Existence, another reality, and i know that it will be accomplished by adding the right amount of positives to what Exists and to Life without having to know now the details but i will, tonight. That should be applied to this decision in Hawaii. Positives.

  8. cara says:

    Connection + Greed equals Destruction, it is so large now it is destroying our way of life and our planet bit by bit, thank-you for this article

  9. Julie says:

    Aloha Jon,

    Mahalo nui loa for ALL your great work!!!!!! We need all the help we can get …& YES this needs to get ***world*** attention!

    Just a quick correction…the correct spelling of 1 of our sister islands is: Kaua’i

    BTW: your articles are helping me get the word out to other alternative media sources as well for the world exposure we truly need!!

    With Aloha & gratitude, Julie SIgnore

  10. From Québec says:

    August 25, 2014

    Judge Blocks a Local Pesticide Law in Hawaii


    “A federal judge in Hawaii has struck down a local ordinance that would have restricted or regulated the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops on the island of Kauai, saying the measure was pre-empted by state law”.

    United States Magistrate Judge Barry M. Kurren wrote in one of his two related decisions.

    “This decision in no way diminishes the health and environmental concerns of the people of Kauai,”

    “The court’s ruling simply recognizes that the State of Hawaii has established a comprehensive framework for addressing the application of restricted-use pesticides and the planting of G.M.O. crops, which presently precludes local regulation by the county.”

  11. Gaming the system is the only way the scumbags can prosper when good and honest men refuse blood money.

  12. ONLYONEMAUI says:



  13. Eileen Rose says:

    Interesting looking at the current Economic Forecast, Maui Edition 2014-2015 on page 5 is some more interesting discussion on how this important seed corn industry is facing strong resistance from the community because of controversial fears. Jack Suyderhoud, the author, is a business professor at Univ of Hawaii and Economic adviser to the First Bank of Hawaii.

  14. David I. Bryan says:

    We should file for a change of venue. Different judge different court. No more of this bought and paid for nonsense. We are really not that stupid..

  15. truth says:

    Sue Kurren and Monsanto CEO through a common law grand jury. Let the people decide. This is the only way to justice. Just do it!

  16. Joe says:

    Oh my God! The bank’s web site mentions Monsanto? Call the FBI! Call Jack Lord. Call Don Ho! And Monsanto gave money to a scholarship fund where his wife works? Do you know what this means? It means – Good Lord, everyone in the universe is connected to Monsanto! So get a grip already.

  17. Bert Sargent aka Bob says:


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