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Agriculture In Hawaii

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers? Courtesy of One Island Sustainable Living

Will Tiny Homes Help Big Island Farmers?

Providing housing for farm workers is one way to attract employees.

Hawaii Expands Voluntary Pesticide Reporting Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Expands Voluntary Pesticide Reporting Program

Critics say that the data now available online isn’t very meaningful because it’s not comprehensive.

House Uses Sleight Of Hand To Kill Pesticide Disclosure Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Uses Sleight Of Hand To Kill Pesticide Disclosure Bill

First the measure was given a “defective” 2050 start date. Then it was shot down by voice vote, leaving the stands of individual lawmakers unclear.

Hawaii Says Its New Plan Should Allay Concerns About Pesticides Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Says Its New Plan Should Allay Concerns About Pesticides

The Agriculture and Health departments say they’ll gather more data, improve emergency responses and communicate better with public.

Environmentalists Urge Land Board To Deny A&B Water Use Permits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Environmentalists Urge Land Board To Deny A&B Water Use Permits

Alexander & Baldwin wants a one-year renewal of its use of East Maui streams. The Sierra Club argues it doesn’t need the water.

Civil Rights Complaint: Pesticides Are Harming Native Hawaiians PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Civil Rights Complaint: Pesticides Are Harming Native Hawaiians

Two local groups want the EPA to force state agriculture agencies to better regulate pesticide drift.
The Projector: Maui’s Final Year Of Cane Burning

The Projector: Maui’s Final Year Of Cane Burning

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company plans to shut down Hawaii's last sugar plantation by year's end, but the ritual continues for now.
Should Hawaii Lose Its Pesticide Enforcement Power? Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons

Should Hawaii Lose Its Pesticide Enforcement Power?

UPDATED: Earthjustice claims the Department of Agriculture isn't doing enough to protect the public from misuse of pesticides.
What The Federal GMO Food Labeling Law Means For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What The Federal GMO Food Labeling Law Means For Hawaii

National requirements take effect effect in two years, but local GMO labeling advocates don't think they go far enough.
Hirono, Schatz Split GMO Votes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hirono, Schatz Split GMO Votes

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to create federal labeling standards for genetically engineered foods.

To Hear The Founding Fathers Tell It, Hemp Can Make America Great Again Chad Blair/Civil Beat

To Hear The Founding Fathers Tell It, Hemp Can Make America Great Again

States like Hawaii are loosening restrictions on industrial hemp, but the real breakthrough could come at the federal level.
Watch Wednesday’s Federal GMO Hearings Live On Civil Beat Civil Beat

Watch Wednesday’s Federal GMO Hearings Live On Civil Beat

Visiting 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges will hear oral arguments in three GMO-related lawsuits, as well as two other cases.