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Friday, June 19, 2015
APHIS on Invasive Species: "The truth is we just don't care that much"
By Andrew Walden @ 9:50 PM :: 7223 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

... two draft replies--one labeled "the truth" and the other labeled "option 2" ....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Anti-GMO Activists Attack State’s Last Cane Plantation
By Joni Kamiya @ 11:07 PM :: 7670 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, GMOs

...ugly comments happily hoping to send people who work on these farms back to where they came from....

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Sunday, June 14, 2015
Where’s the Tax Stamp on that Eggplant?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6476 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Taxes

...many common vegetables contain nicotine....

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Anti-GMO Activists Cheer Kauai Pioneer Seed Farm Layoffs
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:06 AM :: 7821 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, GMOs

With the recent announcement of the closure of the DuPont Pioneer farm in Kekaha, it’s of no surprise that the no aloha crew is out and about again....

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Stirring the Hysteria Pot
By Joni Kamiya @ 7:47 PM :: 6408 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

It’s a great tactic as so many folks don’t have a clue....

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Hawaii seed industry estimated at $159M--Down 14%
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 7737 Views :: Agriculture, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, GMOs

Outshipments of seed are projected to total 7.97 million pounds during the 2013-14 season, down 3 percent from the revised 8.25 million pounds shipped during the previous season....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Lawsuit Challenges HC&S East Maui Water Diversions
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 23924 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, OHA

A&B has been diverting water from East Maui streams for more than 100 years via "complex system of ditches, tunnels and flumes" to irrigate the HC&S sugar plantation in Central Maui....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Rise Up People: Redefining What It Means
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:45 PM :: 7958 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii History, Higher Education, GMOs

When I hear the slogans used by protests calling to “rise up,” I have a different concept in my mind....

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
City launches Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) website
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 6077 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture

...MapOahuAgLand.com, provides information on the legal basis for IAL, the city’s process to map IAL, upcoming community meetings and announcements, and resource maps that show various characteristics of potential IAL....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
City to hold Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) meetings
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 6164 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture

...The Department of Planning and Permitting will hold a series of meetings in April to seek public input in identifying and mapping Oahu’s Important Agricultural Lands....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
HB145 Tobacco Industry Tax Credit Gut and Replace
By Selected News Articles @ 1:12 PM :: 6569 Views :: Agriculture, Higher Education, Tax Credits
Did you know that Hawaii has a tobacco industry?
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Friday, March 20, 2015
Judge: EEOC Human Trafficking Case "Frivolous"
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 7819 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

... “baseless, unreasonable and frivolous” ....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Hawaii is Not the Hawaii I Knew
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:01 PM :: 7574 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Cost of Living

...the SHAKA Movement is now going after the sugar cane industry....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
State-backed Loans: $89M to Companies Tied to OHA Chair Robert Lindsey
By Andrew Walden @ 8:08 PM :: 9858 Views :: Energy, Agriculture, OHA

If approved, Hawaii taxpayers could find themselves providing $44M in loan guarantees to an Indian company's jet fuel deal in England....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB330: Increase GE Tax by 1%
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:35 PM :: 5666 Views :: Agriculture, Taxes

... According to ITEP, payment of sales and excise taxes takes up an average of 11% of family income for the poorest 20% of earners ....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Tears and Gnashing of Teeth as Cosmic Vortex Sweeps Pesticides up Mountain Causing Multiple Illnesses and Dirty Window Blinds
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:49 PM :: 6089 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

The best part of the hearing was hearing Dustin Barca go on about toxins and the horrible corporations. He even talked about how the cigarette companies and their evils. It’s weird because I just saw him smoking some corporate grown tobacco and inhaling toxins....

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Hawaii Democratic Party Wants Farmers Out of Business
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:18 PM :: 7510 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Agriculture

Read their testimony below....

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Farmer: HB1514 is 'The Last Shovel of Dirt on Our Graves'
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:48 PM :: 6242 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...we are already highly regulated and another level of regulation will be the last shovel of dirt on our graves....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Anti-GMO Activists Stack Hearing: Why Bad Lawmaking Reigns in Hawaii Politics
By Joni Kamiya @ 11:43 PM :: 5474 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

When lawmakers rely on bad science from activists, it takes something away from all of us and they don’t even realize it....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
You're Paying Double for Sugar
By NCPA @ 1:37 PM :: 5483 Views :: Agriculture, Cost of Living

American sugar prices would be a lot lower if the government would stop interfering in the sugar market....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Kauai Dairy Farm Receives Approval
By News Release @ 8:48 PM :: 7826 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Land Use

...The original proposal of 2,000 cows on site was modified in July 2014 to 650-699 cows....

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Farmers Heading to Court to Overturn 'Flawed' Maui Anti-GMO Ordinance
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 5948 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...this referendum is invalid and contrary to long established state and federal laws that support both the safety and lawful testing and planting of GMO plants....

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Your Ballot Explained: Issuing New Bonds
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:33 PM :: 6413 Views :: Agriculture, Development, Hawaii State Government

When Election Day comes, voters never seem to get a chance to reduce government spending....

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology
By NCPA @ 4:30 PM :: 6757 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Today, more than 800 million people are malnourished....

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Friday, September 26, 2014
Carlisle: Maui Anti-GMO Law Would Send Farmers, Gardeners to Jail
By Video @ 2:22 AM :: 8222 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, GMOs

...gardeners growing GM corn, GM papaya, or GMO marijuana may be arrested and imprisoned for one year under the anti-GMO law....

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Hawaii’s Papaya Growers Struggle in Hurricane Aftermath
By Video @ 2:30 PM :: 7812 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

...Estimation of the sales lost, plus the start-up, the bulldozing costs and growing up to that first year, when they’re ready to harvest again … is about $53 million....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Consuming Chemicals is a What We Do on a Daily Basis
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:16 PM :: 6054 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...so many people tell me how they are cutting back on chemicals in their food by eating better. I can’t help but shake my head....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Still Blogging A Year Later!
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:11 PM :: 6141 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...By speaking out, I’ve been able to network others who share my thoughts about the Hawaii we want and it gives me hope....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Maui County Report Shows Zero Glyphosate
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 5538 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...None of the 45 samples had detectable levels of glyphosate....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Papaya Crop Ruined: Anti-GMO Activists Cheer Hurricane Iselle
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:18 AM :: 6579 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

"... Yay Good.  Mahalo Iselle for washing us clean of those GMO ...."

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Activists, Hurricane Deal One-Two Punch to Hawaii Farmers
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:15 PM :: 5755 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...Just last week it was announced that the activists groups, the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice (formerly known as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) joined on to sue these same farmers....

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Kauai Diary Farm Changes Plan After Protests by Luxury Resorts, Sierra Club, and Surfrider
By News Release @ 4:22 PM :: 7605 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

The first phase starts with 650-699 cows....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Proposed EPA Rule Gives Feds Control of Hawaii Water Ditches
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:31 PM :: 8147 Views :: Honolulu County, National News, Agriculture

...the new proposed rule would regulate all ditches, except in narrow circumstances. This even includes man-made ditches....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
How I Wish I Were a Papaya Princess…
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:06 PM :: 5815 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

There’s so much talk from activists about how they want more local food grown here but then they seek to lobby laws against farmers....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
State Department documents rise in human trafficking
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:36 PM :: 6784 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Law Enforcement

The International Labor Organization says agricultural workers are among the most vulnerable....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Seeking a Global Solution in Sugar Trade Policy
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 8830 Views :: World News, Agriculture, Economy

...sugar is one of the most politically charged raw materials in the global economy....

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Friday, June 6, 2014
Thai workers get multimillion-dollar EEOC settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:28 PM :: 5582 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

Mac Nut Farms of Hawaii LLC will pay the most, $1.6 million; Kauai Coffee Co. Inc. will pay $425,000; Kelena Farms Inc. will pay $275,000; and Captain Cook Coffee Co. Ltd. will pay $100,000....

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! -- Takes on Organic Food
By Video @ 3:49 PM :: 6500 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Penn & Teller Repudiate the idea that organic food has better nutrients, a smaller environmental impact, less harmful pesticides, and better taste than non-organic foods....

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Molokai Ranch Achieving Success with … Ranching
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 8820 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Agriculture, Tourism

Moloka'i Ranch is launching initiatives to achieve sustainability, starting with the re-establishment of ranching operations....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
The World's Resources Aren't Running Out
By NCPA @ 3:26 PM :: 6328 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

...the amount of land required to grow food has decreased by 65 percent over the last 50 years across the world....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Many Problems with Ethanol
By NCPA @ 3:25 PM :: 5939 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

Just one 25-gallon tank of ethanol requires 450 pounds of corn -- the same amount of calories it would take to feed one person for an entire year....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Study: Biofuels Worse for Environment Than Regular Gasoline
By NCPA @ 4:09 PM :: 7539 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Tax Credits

Biofuels made with corn residue actually release 7 percent more greenhouse gas....

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Parties Reach Agreement in Na Wai Eha Water Flow Case
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 7092 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture

Under this agreement, more water will be returned to the streams of Na Wai ‘Eha, particularly to ‘Iao stream....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hawaii basil farm ‘deplorable,’ ‘unsafe,’ judgment says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:30 PM :: 6234 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal government, citing “deplorable” and “unsafe” conditions, has fined Hawaii’s top exporter of basil nearly a half-million dollars....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Judge rules Thai workers were exploited, physically abused on Hawaii farms
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 6531 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal civil case against Global Horizons has dragged on for years....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Guilty: Physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 9845 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

Kobayashi cited examples of physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple Company's historic pineapple plantations and old worker dormitories where the Thai workers were forced to live and other abuses throughout Hawaii.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Full Text: Big Island Papaya Farmer Sues to Invalidate anti-GMO Ordinance
By Robert Thomas @ 9:12 PM :: 7976 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

Science. It's the darndest thing....

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
UHERO: Climate Change Behind Push for Water Conservation
By UHERO @ 11:20 PM :: 6803 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Agriculture

Drawdown of existing groundwater stocks is likely still decades away....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hawaii pesticide data: Homes not fields found to be source of most problems
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 PM :: 5112 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics

...90% of the exposures occurred in a residence, 4.4% in the workplace and 1% in a school. The remaining 4% consisted of miscellaneous locations....

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Friday, February 7, 2014
Clayton Hee: “We give notice we cut you at the knees”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:32 PM :: 8016 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Watch the Senate committee system falling apart....

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