As pine goes under, prep fields well ...

As pine goes under, prep fields well on new crops - Hawaii Edit...

There are 20 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Nov 9, 2009, titled As pine goes under, prep fields well on new crops - Hawaii Edit.... In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The permanent plowing over of the pineapple industry on Maui is lamentable -- but came as no great surprise.

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willie

Plymouth, MI

#1 Nov 9, 2009
Not a problem, the tree hugging environmentalists will stop any progress and make sure no jobs are created. Better to be out of work, hungry and in the dark at all costs.
yep

San Diego, CA

#2 Nov 9, 2009
willie wrote:
Not a problem, the tree hugging environmentalists will stop any progress and make sure no jobs are created. Better to be out of work, hungry and in the dark at all costs.
that is absolutely correct --- local Maui agriculture could have helped support Oahu food needs throught the superferry

but the nutcases preferred old dirty ways of transporting food from thousands of miles away
Kimo

Newport Beach, CA

#3 Nov 9, 2009
Google Monsanto and GMO crops.
Grant

Honolulu, HI

#4 Nov 9, 2009
I hope you are not suggesting that the state get into the business of testing seed corn. You know that by the time the seed ever hits the ground in Hawaii any significant effect it may have on the environment has mitigated.
Lets work with the seed companies and diversify our farm land to grow food crops too.
Xie Xie

Honolulu, HI

#5 Nov 9, 2009
Most people are unaware that 75% or more of the average market basket is linked to GMO crops. There has not been one death world-wide linked to eating a food product rooted in a GMO but still the environmentalists are foaming at the mouth while they eat better and cheaper.
Kam

Kaunakakai, HI

#6 Nov 9, 2009
The gov't favorite crop is housing just wait and see, more tax base for you and me!
Environmental Nazis

Springfield, MA

#7 Nov 9, 2009
The Sierra Club has never planted ONE seed ever.
Kimo Da Cable Guy

AOL

#8 Nov 9, 2009
Liberals like the Star Bulletin editorial writers bemoan the lack of jobs yet at the same time, because they are fundamentally anti-business, they shoot down any new attempts to diversify the economy. Think about it. The SuperFerry is supposedly a threat to the environment. So is fish farming off the Big Island. Telescopes on Mauna Kea somehow offend Native Hawaiians. Now it is the seed crop industry that we should regulate out of existence. Maybe the Star Bulletin would like to suggest something that meets their approval. Unfortunately they can't. Cynthia Oi wrote an editorial in yesterday's paper lamenting the loss of pineapple industry jobs but never once did she propose anything to replace those jobs. Unless Cynthia and friends can come up with alternatives maybe they should just keep quiet and let those innovators who are trying to create new jobs go about their business.
JusttheLatest Shakedown

United States

#9 Nov 9, 2009
UH cared for HALOA for 104 years with no help from any activists

http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesM...

The Future of Fraud
http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesM...

Better Dead than GM fed?
http://www.truthabouttrade.org/1071/index.jsp
ecoisland

Mililani, HI

#10 Nov 9, 2009
I hope that monsanto doesnt take over anymore of maui than it already has, I hope for a local food movement , not gmo seeds for destructive mainland ag techniques. we need local food sources!!
Monsanto and Mycogen OK

Sunnyvale, CA

#11 Nov 9, 2009
The group on Molokai Hui Hoopakele Aina is *NOT* an environmental group. They are a bunch of misled radicals who come from wealthy trust fund families and with nothing else to do but to protest anything on Molokai that will bring jobs and lift families out of poverty.
Monsanto and Mycogen are **WELCOME** members of the Molokai community. The group of radicals who are in opposition to everything that is pono are invited to move to Kahoolawe or Niihau.
back up 1

AOL

#12 Nov 9, 2009
Nice article until the last pars!!!
Silver Lining

Honolulu, HI

#13 Nov 9, 2009
If the timing is right, GMO-grown fruits, herbs and vegetables could help to revitalize and expand Hawaii's diversified agriculture and related industries.

Since: Feb 08

Kaneohe, Hawaii

#14 Nov 9, 2009
Kimo Da Cable Guy wrote:
Liberals like the Star Bulletin editorial writers bemoan the lack of jobs yet at the same time, because they are fundamentally anti-business, they shoot down any new attempts to diversify the economy. Think about it. The SuperFerry is supposedly a threat to the environment. So is fish farming off the Big Island. Telescopes on Mauna Kea somehow offend Native Hawaiians. Now it is the seed crop industry that we should regulate out of existence. Maybe the Star Bulletin would like to suggest something that meets their approval. Unfortunately they can't. Cynthia Oi wrote an editorial in yesterday's paper lamenting the loss of pineapple industry jobs but never once did she propose anything to replace those jobs. Unless Cynthia and friends can come up with alternatives maybe they should just keep quiet and let those innovators who are trying to create new jobs go about their business.
But they are proposing new jobs ... jobs for those who regulate the seed companies.
CMK

Honolulu, HI

#15 Nov 9, 2009
I think we need to decide what is an acceptable level or procedure for genetic modification. All of our crops and domestic animals are genetically modified. Even Haloa is modified into different varieties that represent different genetic varieties: lehua, moi, uahiapele, piko, pialii are genetic modifications, "sports," spontaneous genetic mutations that are propagated by cuttings. Genetic modification can occur by pollination and new varieties might be propagated by cuttings to preserve the genetic modification.
It's true that monsanto and other seed manufacturers are trying to control the food supply so maybe we need labeling once we decide what is an acceptable level of genetic modification and experimentation to have a choice to vote with our dollars.
arm

Seattle, WA

#16 Nov 9, 2009
better hope monsanto doesn't set up 'snitch lines'.....and all the 'round-up' spraying will be nice....
Label GMO

Honolulu, HI

#18 Nov 10, 2009
Label GMO Food if it is so safe.
environmental health

Burlingame, CA

#19 Nov 24, 2009
Please watch "The Future of Food" on youtube to learn about how Monsanto destroys agricultural environments, native species and farmers' livlihoods. A dispicable company... WARNING Hawaii, watch out for this gold-digger of a company...
environmental health

Burlingame, CA

#20 Nov 24, 2009
Monsanto's pattern is to plant genetically altered crops, then when they cross pollenate over to farmers' lands, they sue the farmers for growing the patented plants without a license, and then put them out of business.. They will genetically alter and then patent the native Hawaiian species of plants and then charge everyone for the seeds, regardless of whether they were already growing for years (like they did to the farmer in Canada) This is a very dangerous situation for Hawaii. I dont think the general public understands how Monsanto operates. Please get and watch "The Future of Food", and "Food, Inc." Search on the internet and you can watch and judge for yourself.
environmental health

Burlingame, CA

#21 Nov 24, 2009
Monsanto and Mycogen OK wrote:
The group on Molokai Hui Hoopakele Aina is *NOT* an environmental group. They are a bunch of misled radicals who come from wealthy trust fund families and with nothing else to do but to protest anything on Molokai that will bring jobs and lift families out of poverty.
Monsanto and Mycogen are **WELCOME** members of the Molokai community. The group of radicals who are in opposition to everything that is pono are invited to move to Kahoolawe or Niihau.
Please get and watch "The Future of Food", you can see it on you tube or search google

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