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Agriculture In Hawaii

Crowing Roosters Are Driving Some People Crazy On The Big Island The Blackthorn Orphans/Flickr.com

Crowing Roosters Are Driving Some People Crazy On The Big Island

A Hawaii County Council member is proposing to restrict where the birds, many used for illegal cockfighting, can roost.

Judge Delves Into Science Behind Roundup Cancer Claim Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Delves Into Science Behind Roundup Cancer Claim

In a lawsuit brought by hundreds against Monsanto, a hearing begins to determine if cancer claims are widely accepted.

Critics Blast EPA For Lowering Syngenta Pesticide Fine AP

Critics Blast EPA For Lowering Syngenta Pesticide Fine

Environmental groups complain about the “ridiculously small fine” that resulted from the company’s misuse of pesticides on Kauai

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar Nick Grube/Civil Beat

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar

The GMO company will pay $150,000 instead of the $4.8 million that had been sought for exposing Kauai workers to pesticides.

Jason Armstrong: Little Fire Ants Are On The March In Hawaii University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource

Jason Armstrong: Little Fire Ants Are On The March In Hawaii

They’re already established on every island except Molokai, and experts say a concerted effort is required to stop their spread.

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water

Opponents say water drawn from streams by the Hawaii land company harm the environment.

Brittany Lyte: Sustainable Food Movement Flourishes On Kauai’s North Shore Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte: Sustainable Food Movement Flourishes On Kauai’s North Shore

A community garden and incubator lots are just the beginning, say organizers looking to answer “big questions about things like food security.”

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop?

A startup is using former sugar cane land on the North Shore to “grow oil” — pongamia trees whose seeds can be turned into biofuel.

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent Courtesy of LBD Coffee

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent

A company points to a 2012 state law as it sues for the right to sell its coffee beans and cigars on agricultural land.