Benefits

Update on Why Pesticides

Update on Why Pesticides

In the last post I showed several examples of why pesticides are used in Hawaii’s agriculture. At our nursery (in Kula, Maui) we just found another good example – the Croton caterpillar (Achaea janata)  which is was eating its way through the mango blossoms, and just about everything else in its path, including Ohia, Maile […]

The Future of Agriculture from The Economist

The Future of Agriculture from The Economist

The British agronomist Jethro Tull invented the seed drill, the horse drawn hoe, and an improved plow. These are now recognized as major technological improvements that helped modernize agriculture in the 18th century, though it took over a century for fierce early resistance to fade away. Some 300 years on from his contributions, agriculture has continued […]

Potential for GE Mosquitoes to Help Preserve Hawaii’s Native Birds

Potential for GE Mosquitoes to Help Preserve Hawaii’s Native Birds

The potential for genetically engineered mosquitoes to help control diseases has highlighted efforts targeted at Dengue fever and the Zika virus, transmitted to humans. This new report discusses the potential for controlling avian malaria transmitted to Hawaii’s native birds to help prevent their extinction. The application of modern genetic techniques should definitely be examined for […]

Why Do Farmers Use Genetically Modified Crops?

Why Do Farmers Use Genetically Modified Crops?

From reading popular media, you could quickly come to the conclusion that the main supporters of genetically modified (GM) crops are the seed companies and most scientists. Shouldn’t we ask farmers who actually grow the crops why they use them? For most of us, our closest farm experience is the grocery store. However, there are […]