The Hawaii Farmers Daughter nails this one. Great post!
The rain woke me, followed by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake. In that hazy period, I realized I needed a dream. I dream big but “What if”….
What if the hurricanes wash away all the judgement and fear that has been delivered to Hawaii’s shores.
What if we could begin again with Aloha, respect and kindness?
Could we do this Hawaii? Would you commit to this, Would fear mongering organizations like Center for Food Safety, GMO Free, The Shaka Movement, Babes against Biotech, GMO’s and Freedom and Hawaii Seed…Would you all just leave or shut your doors and start listening? Could we all commit to that? We understand there is fear and questions. Many facts that are available are lost in this noise, let’s commit to listen up Hawaii!!!
What if we could all step back and listen? Will you commit to listening to the farmers who help feed and sustain Hawaii? Our papaya growers, the ranchers who produce grass fed cattle, the Dairy Industry and Big Island Dairy, the vegetable growers like the wise Richard Ha and many others? Consumers have choices in their food system, and the activists have freedom of speech, farmers have the freedom to farm and feed us…Just because we can speak does not mean we should, sometimes the silence and listening is the step to common ground.
What if the anti-gmo free, funded activists agreed to stop hating on farmers, judging them without understanding the reality of farming in Hawaii. What if they agreed to stop using fear to push their agenda? What if we agreed to cease fire?
What if we invoked Rule # 1 – Do No Harm … Dreaming Big is Good. Dreaming is a form of planning and maybe just maybe after we rid out this storm we can find common ground for Hawaii and stop this ideological food fight battle. I have a Dream Hawaii, Are you willing to help?
Bruce Douglas states pro gmo, but for the record we’re Pro agriculture bloggers hacked the groups computers…Bull!
How did myself and others including County and State officials hack into the list.
Simple, we clicked the button or entered the unsecured Url and hit enter! Even my monkey could do it, well if I had a monkey, but you get my point!
What was that URL Shakamovement.prg/voters.htm. BAM.
How hard was that peeps it wasn’t any effort at all. His statements are to cover their okole because the citizens of Hawaii should be pissed about this breech. For $50 they have endangered peoples lives and their safety, are your kidding me..Someone deserves to be held accountable and that is everyone involved with SHAKA, even their anom investors…
So now we’re hackers, no…just agvocates who are ag nerds. geeks who love food, farmers and Hawaii. We’re tired of our communities being fed fear. geeks who type and follow the anti gmo money while its hell bent on destroying Hawaii and make it their version of utopia!
Seriously folks this is has gone too far…This was no simple mistake. They have 200 to 500 petitioners working and they are paying $5 per signor to hound the public…Really how desperate are they! Lets end this nonsense, PUSHBACK Hawaii and stop the Food fights and Fear mongering…
Why must we label it Hawaii? There are multiple labeling bills in the State legislature this session. Again my question is, Why label it Hawaii and my focus is centered on a local produced agricultural crop the Hawaii Papaya.
The Hawaii Papaya is a whole food, a super food actually that is not only healthy but it provides affordable, safe, nutritious fruit for our local community and its an exportable crop that sustains our families and returns dollars to our economy. Why should our farmers be forced to label their fruit? because it’s seed has a biotech beginning? We all know that, having a biotech papaya that is resistant to the papaya ring spot virus aka PSRV; saved the Hawaii Papaya Industry. Do you know that 200-400 small minority farmers depend on this crop to feed their families and they help feed Hawaii?
This bill would require Hawaii farmers to label their papayas, the boxes, the transportation bins and boxes and at the grocery store or farmers market bin. I often see and purchase them 3 or 4 for $1 dollar at the local farmers markets. Yes, thats right the best freakin buy for a buck you can find in Hawaii. Now this exact same fruit if sold by a restaurant, grocery store or any type of food server even if at the same farmers market but sold scooped out and ready to eat, would NOT require any sort of label. The thing is the ready to eat papaya is normally between $2.50 and up, depending on where you buy it. How is that right?
This is not a food safety issue, this bill and other’s like it are scare tactics to force consumers into buying alternatives means and costing us up too 50% more. Just say NO….
A food labeling bill like Senate Bill #2521 only hurts these farmers. In fact it hurts all small food processors and specialty food producers as well. Bills such as this only hurt consumers, farmers and our wallets. Submit testimony opposing this bill today!
SB 2521 Labeling Bill ~ Testimony needed to oppose SB 2521 – This impacts farmers and food affordability for kama’aina!
Email Testimony to: HTHtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
Senate Bill 2521 Bill Summary
All food products will be required to be labeled “Produced with Genetic Engineering”
Includes all food, processed, raw and fresh foods
Boxes and transportation containers would need to be labeled Genetically Engineered
Fresh products such as papaya would need to be labeled on the shelf and transportation boxes.
No food or raw agricultural commodity can be sold without being labeled. Which conflicts with current FDA guidelines which exempts Raw and Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Fish from Federal labeling standards.
Cheese, yogurt and any product produced with enzymes
Liquid Milk products
Restaurants and food for immediate consumption
State-level proposals to mandate biotech labeling hurt consumers, small business and farmers!
Mandatory labeling of foods produced using biotechnology would unnecessarily result in higher food costs for consumers – especially those least able to afford it.
The state-borne costs to enforce mandatory labeling provisions may be in the millions of dollars.
Analysis of California’s Proposition 37, for example, estimates annual food costs for an average-income family would increase by approximately $400.
Consumers already have a choice in the marketplace:
Consumers who prefer to purchase food products that don’t contain any biotechnology-derived ingredients, can choose foods labeled “certified organic” or “non GMO.”
We support the Voluntary labeling of food products, as long as those labels don’t infer any difference in healthfulness or safety.
Advocates of mandatory labeling laws falsely believe food safety is at issue:
Foods and food crops produced using biotechnology are among the most reviewed, studied, scrutinized and regulated products in the world.
Scientific authorities such as the National Academies of Science, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of science have looked at HUNDREDS of scientific studies and have concluded that foods with biotech-derived ingredients do not pose any more risk to people than any other foods.
Live from Hawaii County. They made the registration a reality today.
The interesting part is they added a voluntary registration for all agriculture producers…hmmm They also waived the fee, yippee that should help, insert sarcastic laugh here.
Fact Farmers should not be registered like criminals for growing safe, affordable, legal crops as provided by the Constitution of the Unites States of America. Nor should Counties place undue burdens on small farmers who are already struggling.
Bill 113 which is now a law Thanks to politicians who did not perform due diligence and passed the bill. They failed to ask the real questions, yet onward they went. Now here we are. Growing biotech crops are not poison, there is no harm. The rainbow papaya has been grown on Hawaii Island for 16 years straight by hundreds of small family farmers. They have done no harm. They provide a high quality affordable fruit staple for our community . Yes 3 for a buck $1.00 is the best dollar menu ever! They export the worlds greatest papaya that supports our community, they are local food!
The deadline for farmer registration is March 5th, 2014, what then Mayor Kenoi will you send the GMO police out?
Here is the link to Hawaii County online registration process for gmo, biotech, organic, conventional agricultural producers. What do you think should Farmers be registered like criminals. I thought only sex offenders were registered, shouldn’t a criminal have to break the law first?
Poisening Paradise, agriculture, farmers and ranchers are not poisoning paradise in Hawaii. We are ground zero for activism. We have been targeted and a army of paid activists have been deployed and funded through out Hawaii. They use fear and lies to poison the minds of our community against food and agriculture production, as if feeding Hawaii is a bad thing!
How do we prove that it’s a small but very vocal minority who have no moral speed bumps and regularly harass farmers online, in person and threaten people. They use the same fear and hate against politicians who are not experienced and sway votes based on re-election versus the facts. yet I digressed, how do we prove its a vocal minority? Fact is they represent less than 5% of the population of Hawaii yet act with mob like virtues. The majority wants nothing to do with this battle, they do not want to be part of the hate, fear or ugliness this vocal minority attacks anyone with if you dare not drink their kool aid. I don’t blame them, it’s often hard to ask them to wade in when you know it’s not a pretty place but to protect Hawaii and our way of life, our culture we must start speaking up!
Standing United is the only way we will ride this dip…Taking an offensive approach to educating the community and helping our politicians and community understanding agriculture is our best defense. It will not turn the tide over night but it will help and calling out the lies and tactics of paid activism is key.
The poisoning of paradise is being conducted by mainland millionaires who are infusing large amounts of cash under the guise of trusts and non profits. They have hired local activists and flown in others to fan the flames and push their agenda on Hawaii. Using our culture against us, we do not do business like his in Hawaii it’s without aloha and respect. Monsanto, the seed industry, agriculture and Hawaii’s farmers and ranchers are not the problem…The problem is paid activism by a vocal minority being funded by a few wealthy people and using fear to sway public opinion.; they are the real poison in paradise.
Biotechnology is safe and it’s proven…..Fear and myths are poisoning Hawaii but each one of us has a choice, we can choose to not drink the fear and lies and come to the table and discuss this like adults and decide for ourselves not be a social media scientist…We each have the right to choose but let’s choose based on facts not lies.
Really how dare you attack another small papaya grower? Who bought the machetes who destroyed over 100 trees this morning?
While the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association was gathering for their annual meeting and Mayor Billy Kenoi was speaking one farmer was absent; he was at his field with police overlooking destruction of his trees. A sad discovery awaited his trees had been chopped down!This is not okay, activism has gone to far now you have turned into eco terrorists! This is wrong!
We’re farmers not sex offenders, We will not register like a criminal…..
The criminals are the activists who have turned into ecoterrorists. Register the activists not farmers.
The Hawaii County Council is asking farmers to register their locations; why would they? Taking away their constitutional rights and making farm locations public access is a threat to our farmers sustainability and opens them to additional eco terrorist attacks. No were drawing the line “we will not register like a sex offender! Brenda Ford and Margaret Willie, I hope you here this, No No no and we will fight for our right to farm in Hawaii!
We work hard every day to grow affordable safe food for Hawaii….We are not causing Harm your grandstanding is harming us. Ag matters and Farmers care, clearly a few council members do not care about the harm they are causing…
End this non-sense NOW! Kill Bill 109 & 113 …. do what is right and understand farmers and agriculture before you start a public battle… DO NO HARM and this is harming farmers!