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

Monsanto Gives Helmets to Better Their Bicycle Business

Perhaps you’ve run across this image over the last week.  It’s a fairly standard release form from a company, in this case Monsanto Hawaii.  This letter went home with students from an elementary school on the North Shore of Oahu.  It was posted in an online group with the following caption: Monsanto is buying our schools. This came home with my kids from Waialua Elementary School … Continue reading Monsanto Gives Helmets to Better Their Bicycle Business

Mangoes That Murder and the Lunatics Who Love Them

Mangifera.  Mangoes. I truly believe that they are the fruit of the gods.  I remember my first mango with a clarity akin to a first kiss.  I was standing in the kitchen of a condo on Oahu with a bowl of fruit next to me.  My friend Lisa had access to a tree that was giving her more produce than she could ever hope to … Continue reading Mangoes That Murder and the Lunatics Who Love Them

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

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

5 Things That Matter More Than GMOs

During our formative years we hopefully learned the art of time management.  Children are naturally prone to distraction, and our tech savvy world is full of ready time killers.  Learning to  to stay focussed on what is important can be difficult. When reading the headlines in the local paper, it’s obvious that some of the adults in the world have not yet learned this lesson and are modeling … Continue reading 5 Things That Matter More Than GMOs