Straight, real talk and from a Papaya farmers daughter who is living in the middle of this debate in Hawaii.
Dear Governor, Legislators, Senators, Representatives, County Council Members, City Council Members,
I am writing to you as a daughter of a long time farmer, Kenneth Kamiya. Our family has been long time farmers for over 4 decades on the Windward side on Oahu. My grandfather farmed the land with beans, Okinawan potatoes, cucumbers and finally papaya, which my dad and brother continue to this day. I am asking for your support in these contentious times of dealing with the issue of agricultural technology, specifically GMOs.
I speak out not only for our family but for all other families in our islands who use this technology to run the farms that they do. Our state cannot afford to be left behind because of the maligned fears of the public of this technology. You as a leader also have to be able to separate fears created by the black marketing strategies and…
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