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Could GM Mosquitoes Save Hawaii’s Endangered Birds?

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Genetically modified mosquitoes could be the solution to Hawaii’s quickly disappearing avian population, including the island’s famous honeycreepers, writes Michael Specter in The New Yorker: Every four years, thousands of environmentalists gather at the World Conservation Congress to assess the state of the planet, and to consider what might be done to protect it. The 2016 congress was held in Hawaii, which is fitting, since the state is often referred to as the endangered-species capital Read More >

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CBS News Reports: “Food Fight Over GMOs”

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On Sunday, January 17, 2016, CBS’s Barry Peterson reports on the ongoing food labeling debate around genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The segment addresses whether or not GMOs are really unsafe for consumers or are certain groups neglecting and ignoring the scientific basis around genetically modified crops. In the video, CBS reports that such prestigious scientific organizations as the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, and the National Academy of Sciences all say hundreds of peer-reviewed studies Read More >

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Hawaii is Ground Zero for Ag Innovation

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Hawaii’s farmers have endured their share of challenges in recent years:  Without regard for the opinions of local farmers, GMO activists have pushed for bans on the use of biotechnology; many farms suffered devastation from 2014’s Hurricane Isselle; Anti-biotech activists chopped down hundreds of Hawaii’s papaya trees that were genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus; and now, Hawaii’s sugar plantations are disappearing. Amid these hardships, Hawaii’s farmers remain proud about the role they play Read More >

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Why I packed my bag and headed to NASDA 2015 in Hawaii

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As the head wrangler and ringleader for Hawaii Farmers & Ranchers United, an agriculture alliance based on Hawaii Island, it made sense to go and show support for Scott Enright; Hawaii’s Chair of the Department of Agriculture. It would have been remiss to pass up this opportunity to attend this annual convention full of Agriculture thought leaders. Due to the cost I had only planned on attending for one day but fate intervened and I Read More >

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Papayas in Paradise: Super powered fruit!

Lorie Farrell

As I drive into the fields in Keaau, I’m struck by the peaceful surroundings, the fields filled with growing papaya trees loaded with fruit. You can tell their age by how tall they are. At two years old, they’re about 10 feet tall and will grow another 10 feet per year until they reach approximately 40 feet tall; a height that is too tall to pick safely. The Rainbow papaya is a beautiful tree that Read More >

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