Save the Flip Phones

Save The Flip Phone

One of my closest friends from way back recently asked about an article written by Megan Kelley at Upworthy.  It had the following photo and title: 100 years ago, people were eating things that most of us will never taste.  So what happened? In a word – progress.  Ninety-eight percent of the citizens of the U.S. choose NOT to farm.  Most people choose to shop in … Continue reading Save The Flip Phone

Privileged Students Protest Vitamin A Rich Bananas

As an Iowa State University graduate, I’m often filled with pride when I hear about activities happening on the campus that I called home for four years.  My husband Dave and I graduated from ISU’s Agriculture Department, and I later worked in both the Food Science Department running taste tests on apples and at the Horticulture Farm doing field research.  Both departments feel a little … Continue reading Privileged Students Protest Vitamin A Rich Bananas

The Day Sugar Died, A Sad Day For The Islands

Sugar is officially dead in Hawaii.  That once beautiful swaying crop across the plains of central Maui will not see another Christmas, and at least half of the men and women who lovingly tended those fields will be jobless by 2017.  With a workforce of 675 people, around 337 individuals will be added to the masses of people looking for work on Maui. While activists online … Continue reading The Day Sugar Died, A Sad Day For The Islands

Buys Home On Golf Course, Complains About Golf Balls

The activists on Maui are at it again.  This time they’re going after another long time farming endeavor on the island.  HC&S is their target now, and they are determined to see this 150 year old Maui institution close its doors. Sugarcane takes about 2 years to be mature enough for harvest.  When the cane is ready to be pulled out of the field, a quick burn process … Continue reading Buys Home On Golf Course, Complains About Golf Balls

Voices From The Farm

I chose the name of this blog over a year ago because I see so many connections between the Midwest and the Hawaiian Islands. They are obviously very different places, but I think that’s what makes the intersections that much more striking and interesting.  The importance of family and the health of the land are probably the most obvious.  Especially on Maui, the pace is … Continue reading Voices From The Farm

How Much Pesticide Does Monsanto Use?

Monsanto Hawaii: BIG Pesticide Users

Over the course of the past year, we have watched groups like Babes Against Biotech (BAB), The Center for Food Safety (CFS), and SHAKA do an interesting dance in Hawaii.  The “Babes” have been shaking their…fists at the seed industry and its supposed environmental harm since 2012.  In 2014 SHAKA introduced a ballot initiative targeting seed companies in Maui County.  First they claimed it was about the … Continue reading Monsanto Hawaii: BIG Pesticide Users

A ‘Seedy Business’ For Sure

Last week a friend sent an article to me asking for my comments.  To be honest, had I stumbled upon this paper online, I would have dismissed it as “not worth my time”.  It has numerous fallacies and jumps to many conclusions without substantial evidence.  Two thing made me change my mind.  First, a friend asked, and I rarely say no to friends.  Second, this article was … Continue reading A ‘Seedy Business’ For Sure

I Will Not Slop Hogs EVER!

I was born in the back of a pharmacy.  Well, not quite, but close.  My parent’s opened their store in a small California town just a few weeks before I was born.  My playpen sat a stones throw from medicine bottles and I learned to count on a pill tray.  I played “store”, not house, and as soon as I was able to see over the counter, … Continue reading I Will Not Slop Hogs EVER!

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Do Organic Growers Use ‘Hazmat’ Suits?

I came across this image the other day.  A farmer spraying his field wearing a protective suit and face respirator.  When I see this, I see a farmer keeping himself and those around him safe.  When activists look at this, they seem to see a scary hazmat suit and chemical poisoning.  The beauty of this photo, is that it was taken from a video about an … Continue reading Do Organic Growers Use ‘Hazmat’ Suits?