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Appeals Court To Hear Maui GMO Case Courtesy of Ryan Burden

Appeals Court To Hear Maui GMO Case

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Monsanto's motion to dismiss an appeal by the SHAKA Movement.
Syngenta Workers Seek Medical Aid After Pesticide Use on Kauai Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Syngenta Workers Seek Medical Aid After Pesticide Use on Kauai

The 10 farm workers walked onto a field where the pesticide chlorpyrifos had been applied only 20 hours previously.
Living Hawaii: What Is Sapping The Energy Of Our Farmers? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: What Is Sapping The Energy Of Our Farmers?

Even with low oil prices, the deck is stacked against farmers like Richard Ha on the Big Island. But some argue new strategies can turn things around.
Hawaii to Expand Voluntary Pesticide Reporting by Big Ag Companies PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii to Expand Voluntary Pesticide Reporting by Big Ag Companies

The Kauai Good Neighbor Program could go statewide by the year's end, but food-safety advocates say mandatory regulations are needed.
GMO Firms Are Major Sponsors of National Ag Meeting in Hawaii File Photo

GMO Firms Are Major Sponsors of National Ag Meeting in Hawaii

Biotech companies contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the gathering at the Sheraton Kona Resort.
Hawaii AG Backs Vermont GMO Labeling Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Backs Vermont GMO Labeling Law

Doug Chin signed an amicus brief, along with attorneys general from seven other states, contending Vermont's law is constitutional.
Save the Dairy: We Need Producer Cooperatives Flickr: Steven Zolneczko

Save the Dairy: We Need Producer Cooperatives

In Hawaii we have high prices, for milk and a lot of things, while producers are driven out of the market.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Maui County’s GMO Moratorium PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Federal Judge Strikes Down Maui County’s GMO Moratorium

Judge Susan Mollway ruled that the ordinance is preempted by state and federal law, much like earlier measures in Hawaii and Kauai counties.
Hawaii Is Feeling the Seed Industry’s Downturn Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Hawaii Is Feeling the Seed Industry’s Downturn

As companies like DuPoint Pioneer and Syngenta contract, some jobs are lost and land used for GMO production becomes available for other types of farming.
Federal Judge Plans to Rule on Maui GMO Moratorium By End of June Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Judge Plans to Rule on Maui GMO Moratorium By End of June

Advocates for the hard-won ballot initiative aren't optimistic about their chances at the District Court level.
Managing Pesticide Drift: Farmers Get It Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Managing Pesticide Drift: Farmers Get It

Concerns over pesticide drift from farming operations are misplaced. Homeowners, however, could learn a thing or two about properly controlling pesticide spraying.
Fierce Opposition By Ag Industry Kills Pesticide Disclosure PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Fierce Opposition By Ag Industry Kills Pesticide Disclosure

California has a strict program others would like to model, but the cost of enforcing and overseeing disclosure is prohibitive for some states.