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Hawaii County Council

How Things Work: A Disconnect on the Big Island

Richard Ha | Posted 01.08.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Take a look at this survey of "Hawai'i's Food and Ag Challenges Ranked in Order of Importance." Between October 2012 and December 2013, while the ...

What's Next for Big Island and Anti-GMO Bill 113

Richard Ha | Posted 02.17.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

On Tuesday, the Hawai'i County Council will decide whether to form an ad hoc committee of council members to analyze GMO issues and give the council recommendations for action. Otherwise, the mayor will do the analysis in-house.

Big Island's Anti-GMO Bill 113: It's Not 'Who' Is Right, It's 'What' Is Right

Richard Ha | Posted 01.31.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

All of this hullabaloo about the Big Island's Hawaii County Bill 113, the anti-GMO bill - What it's really about is that we need to take a little more time, so we can be sure we are making good and informed decisions.

Snatching Defeat From Jaws of Victory

Richard Ha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Will our County Council kill Bill 113 and move us in the right direction? Or will it snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

Let's Adapt to Change, and Survive

Richard Ha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

What we're doing on the Big Island with Bill 113 is trying to make a law that prohibits us from helping ourselves. It is the exact opposite of what we should be doing.

Say 'No Can,' or Find a Solution?

Richard Ha | Posted 11.16.2013 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

A recent bill up before the Hawai'i County Council would have criminalized Big Island farmers for using biotechnology to grow their crops with less fertilizer and fewer pesticides. A second bill is still on the table, and I almost cannot think of anything that would take us further away from where we need to be heading.