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Hawaii Agriculture

Maui Mayor: Proposed GMO Moratorium Is Impractical

AP | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green

WAILEA, Hawaii (AP) — A moratorium on genetically modified crops is impractical, incumbent Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa said. A pro...

Exceptional Volume of Pesticides Used by Chemical Companies in Hawaii

Andrea Brower | Posted 10.01.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

The connection between the chemical industry's deep and widespread influence in Hawaii, and a regulatory system that fails to protect people's health and the environment, is of grave concern to residents.

Why This State Is Ground Zero For The GMO Debate

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green

WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) — You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii. The t...

Big-Ag Companies Sue To Block Anti-GMO Law In Hawaii

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

In November, Hawaii's Kauai County Council passed a groundbreaking GMO bill that limits biotech crop and pesticide use on the island of Kauai. The law...

Hope for the Future Generation of Farmers

Joni Kamiya | Posted 03.11.2014 | Hawaii
Joni Kamiya

Will I be like my parents who discouraged us to not pursue it because of the issues and risks involved or will there be a real future for farming for my kids?

Protecting Health and Life: Kauai Must Lead

Andrea Brower | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

This anti-democratic agenda was being advanced by the chemical-GMO corporations, who lobbied strongly for it and were likely involved in its original crafting and introduction by Senator Dela Cruz, known for his allegiance to the industry and their large financial pay-offs.

Chemical Corporations Tremble at Kauai's Unwavering Determination

Andrea Brower | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

We are on the verge of forcing insidiously powerful corporations to disclose what kinds of toxic experiments they are conducting on our land and people. And this is just the very tip of what is happening on Kauai, and what is increasingly happening around the world.

Moving Past Plantations towards Sustainable Local Farms

Billy Mason | Posted 11.10.2013 | Hawaii
Billy Mason

In the last century, large-scale agricultural production in Hawai'i has significantly diminished as rice, sugarcane, and pineapple production moved off-island because of rising labor and land costs. As a result, the Big Island of Hawai'i currently imports 85% of its food and its residents spend 22% of their income on imported food.

Food for a Growing World

Geoffrey Bannister | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Geoffrey Bannister

As Lester Brown details in his latest book, Full Planet, Empty Plates, by 2044, the world population is expected to top 10 billion, and 80 percent of this will be in cities. Increasing poverty and the rise of a global middle class are evolving contemporaneously. Thirty years from now, national security estimates are that the global middle class will grow from 1 billion to 4 billion, mainly in Asia. The middle classes are meat eaters, and meat eaters consume many more calories.

What Sustainable Islands Teach Us

Kyle Datta | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Kyle Datta

How can humanity manage someday to support more than 9 billion lives on one small planet -- an island floating in an ocean of space -- without destroying the environment? Can our energy systems operate solely on renewable energy and still be affordable? Can we truly feed ourselves from local agriculture and maintain the diets of developed countries?