Politics

The Greatest Risk of Pesticides in Hawaii is Not to Use Them

The Greatest Risk of Pesticides in Hawaii is Not to Use Them

The 2017 session of the Hawaii state legislature saw at least 17 bills introduced that deal with pesticide regulation, with many going far beyond what is federally mandated by the EPA. A majority of the proposed legislation claims that these restrictive measures are necessary because of perceived harm to the public or the environment, though […]

Mayor scolded for suggesting citizens educate themselves before making important decisions

Mayor scolded for suggesting citizens educate themselves before making important decisions

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa recently addressed the ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that invalidated the GMO-moratorium that was passed by a slim margin of county voters in November of 2014. He questioned whether the SHAKA group that authored the initiative received competent legal advice, given the fairly obvious and numerous […]

Five Excellent Reports on Kauai Pesticide Issues

Five Excellent Reports on Kauai Pesticide Issues

Later this week a Joint Fact Finding Study Group from Kauai will release their report on pesticide use by large agricultural operations (seed corn and coffee), including any impacts to environmental and human health from such usage. If justified by evidence, they will also make recommendations. The study group was created after passage of Bill […]

Comment is Free but Facts are Sacred. Not This Time.

Comment is Free but Facts are Sacred. Not This Time.

The Guardian was founded in Manchester, England, in 1821 and today is one of the leading newspapers in the world when online readership is included. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, Editor CP Scott wrote in a classic essay ‘Comment is free but facts are sacred’ that espoused a core principal to which it still […]

A Moratorium on Evidence and Reason?

A Moratorium on Evidence and Reason?

Today a federal judge in the District Court of Hawaii heard arguments on a challenge to the validity of an initiative that voters passed last November in Maui County that puts a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops. A concise perspective on the initiative is provided by Dr. Ania Wieczorek at Biotech in […]