Kilauea's vog a threat to Big Isle farmers

Kilauea's volcanic emissions are causing financial losses for Big Island farmers, who have seen crops completely wiped out due to the ongoing vog. Full Story
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Texas Speaking

Houston, TX

#1 Jul 11, 2008

When you make a farm or anyother business around an active volcano, you know the dangers and the inherit problems of such an area and then to start crying for governmential help when the volcano does what volcanoes do IS WRONG!!! Those farmers took the risk, the problem is theirs not the taxpayers!!!!!

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Jul 11, 2008
Solutions require a proper diagnosis. Sulfer dioxide is not the only toxin problem that farners are faced with. Available research suggests that fluoride compounds may not only be part of the problem, they are very toxic. An analysis must be done to cofirm or deny the presence of fluoride compounds.
Waimea Cowboy

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jul 11, 2008
Perhaps one day we will discover that the VOG has also caused lung damage in thousands of Kona and South Kona residents. It will be interesting to see if those folks accept responsibility for living there or look for some one with deep pockets to blame. This could become a very big problem, no?

King City, CA

#4 Jul 11, 2008
If you think the sulfur is seriously burning plants, imagine what it is doing to human lungs who inhale this acidic brew! It doesn't take a genius to know that this is going to kill people in the long run, just like it is killing all the plants. How long until locals figure THAT out?!!!!
Westside Wind

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jul 11, 2008
I totally agree with Texas Speaking.
There are some farmers who invested in modern green houses to protect their plants from the elements. While some failed to invest in order to net "more profits", now being faced with nature's factors they are crying foul. It's governments fault and they need to do something.
Excuse me, take accountability. This active volcano has been there way before you farmers were born. Your failure to plan is resulting in your demise. Unbelievable!
Oahu Resident

Waipahu, HI

#6 Jul 11, 2008
The vog may last a long time. Halemaumau erupted almost continuously throughout the 1800's. The hiatus during the 1900's may have just been the volcano taking a short break.

The farmers may just have to move elsewhere if they want to farm.
Oahu Resident

Waipahu, HI

#7 Jul 11, 2008
There was a study of one of the South Atlantic volcanic islands showing very high incidence of asthma in the population because of lengthy volcanic activity. It may have been either St. Helena or Ascension Island.
Continous eruption at Halemaumau similar to the 19th century may make large parts of the Big Island uninhabitable.

Honolulu, HI

#8 Jul 11, 2008
I agree with Oahu resident. truth is, the Big Island may be done for as a tourist site. It may just be uninhabiatable in 2 years.
Texas Hypocrisy

Chicago, IL

#9 Jul 11, 2008
So 'Texas Speaking' when the next big hurricane rolls through the gulf and destroys half of Texas, as Katrina and Rita did to your neighbors, then y'all don't go askin' fer help from the government, okay? What a hypocrite.

Kamuela, HI

#10 Jul 11, 2008
They need to move their operations to the Hilo side. Nothing but clean fresh air from Kalapana north thanks to the predominate easterly trades.
Brown man

Silver Spring, MD

#11 Jul 11, 2008
If the proteas are so susceptible to burning by the vog then you need to stop growing proteas because the vog will be with us as long as the volcano continues to erupt which could be for a long time.

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jul 11, 2008
KCAAEM wrote:
Solutions require a proper diagnosis. Sulfer dioxide is not the only toxin problem that farners are faced with. Available research suggests that fluoride compounds may not only be part of the problem, they are very toxic. An analysis must be done to cofirm or deny the presence of fluoride compounds.
There is no fluride in the water involved here and none occurring naturally. Keep your conspiracy theories in Vegas while you wait to hitch a ride on the next passing comet.

Honolulu, HI

#13 Jul 11, 2008
Big Island is about done I fear.

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jul 11, 2008
Uh, they're farming downwind of an active volcano. When I bought land in Volcano, I made sure it was upwind, and uphill, of the volcano, its gasses, and its lava. If I get wiped out anyway, that's MY problem, not everyone else's, because it was MY choice, not THEIRS. Get real.

United States

#15 Jul 11, 2008
Yes we need to act and should act soon and get out of the way of Madame Pele and perhaps do our farming where mother nature prefers us to do so.

Camarillo, CA

#16 Jul 11, 2008
Shame about the flowers. Now then, to the important crop: marijuana. How's that coping with the vog?

Camarillo, CA

#17 Jul 11, 2008
My friend Cuckoo Kimo in Puna wanna know how one get mauka of volcano unless volcano going big boogie boogie?

Camarillo, CA

#18 Jul 11, 2008
I'm amazed someone hasn't blamed the vog on that naughty George Bush and his Republican horde. But, I suppose that blaming him would actually be crediting him with global warming, and that would be a terrible blow to the man who invented the phenomenon just after he invented the internet, The Al of Gore!

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jul 11, 2008
Yes, I fear the Big island may just be finished as a viable tourist zone.

Lihue, HI

#20 Jul 11, 2008
If the vog is killing the protea and other agriculture products, what will obtaining more funding do if the farmers decide to do the same thing and grow their crops outdoors? It's only throwing good money after bad. The volcano may continue erupting for another 30 years and it will continue emitting vog over the same parts of the Big Island so replanting crops there are destined to fail.

If the State assists the farmers with funds, there should be a requirement that only green house farming will qualify for assistance. And only farmers wanting to build green houses who don't already grow their crops in green houses should be entitled to State funds since they are the ones suffering from the vog damage.

And I'm wondering just how many farmers the State would be helping? If the number of farmers applying for assistance is only 5 to 10 farmers, should the State be assisting such a small number of farms?

It would seem that the farmers should move their farms to the Puna district or along the Hamakua coast where the tradewinds will always be there to clear the air. Besides their financial health, the farmers need to think of the health of their families and move from the path of the vog.

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