Ashley Lukens

Ashley Lukens is the executive director of the Frost Family Foundation and the director of the Hawaii Center for Food Safety. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from UH Manoa with a focus in sustainable food systems.
20 Reasons To Be Hopeful At The 2020 Legislature Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

20 Reasons To Be Hopeful At The 2020 Legislature

There’s innovation around climate adaptation, for one, and more community-led stewardship of public lands.

Kavanaugh? I Want To Talk About Alcohol Instead Flickr: Rick

Kavanaugh? I Want To Talk About Alcohol Instead

The fight over the Supreme Court nomination raises questions about substance abuse and dumb decisions.

Food Self-Sufficiency Doesn’t Have To Damage Environment Flickr: Justin Cravalho

Food Self-Sufficiency Doesn’t Have To Damage Environment

Despite the rhetoric of Big Ag, small-scale diversified agriculture is neither a joke nor a pipe dream.

The State’s Latest Pesticide Initiatives Miss the Mark Yet Again Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons

The State’s Latest Pesticide Initiatives Miss the Mark Yet Again

The state’s initiatives address acute exposure to pesticides, but long-term exposure to low levels poses the greater risk.

I Must Finally Stand Up and Speak Out on GMOs Nick Grube/Civil Beat

I Must Finally Stand Up and Speak Out on GMOs

The time has come for transparency and accountability for chemical companies and their agricultural operations in Hawaii.