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From Sugar to Monsanto: Today’s occupation of Hawaii by the Agrochemical Oligopoly

Hawai‘i’s year-round growing season is purportedly the main reason that the global agrochemical-seed industry has located itself in the islands. Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta and BASF claim that they operate in Hawai‘i solely because of its “natural resource competitive advantage,” and that their “contributions … are at no cost to the State.” It is certainly […]

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Pesticide Exposure

Organic food reduces pesticide exposure — ScienceDaily

While health-conscious individuals understand the benefits of eating fresh fruits and veggies, they may not be aware of the amount of pesticides they could be ingesting along with their vitamin C and fiber. A new study to be published in the Feb. 5 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives is among the first to predict a […]

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Hawaii Solar

Hawaii Solar Industry Hemorrhaging Jobs – Civil Beat

Hawaii’s solar industry has lost 400 jobs since 2013 and currently employs 2,200 people, according to a new report released by The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar research organization. The 15 percent decline was quickly panned by the local solar industry, which blames Hawaiian Electric Co. for the job losses. For economic and technological reasons, HECO […]

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Year of Hope for Hawaii Hemp – Civil Beat

Last week, a constituent shared with me a very special February 1938 issue of Popular Mechanics. Inside the tan pages and tattered edges, along with other articles on the cutting edge technologies of its time, is an article on hemp, the “New Billion Dollar Crop.” With new technologies, it was highly profitable to move ahead […]

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Master Gardens Around Food - Kauai

Master gardeners provide produce for keiki – Thegardenisland.com: Local

LIHUE — University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Kauai Master Gardeners, together with Malama Kauai, launched Village Harvest late last year, a new program that grows fresh produce and donates it to schools, after-school programs and the Hawaii Food Bank, while offering food training at school sites. In just 10 weeks, […]

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