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Why not Oppose Bill 113 based on common sense?

The Big Island FArmers and Ranchers have spent 6+ months fighting Bill 79 then Bill 109 and 113…Enough Already! we’re tired of the deception and the fear mongering. Lets work together with Aloha for the Future of Farming in Hawaii!


  • Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers work hard to bring Fresh, safe, affordable food to our tables.
  • Did we mention we grow 90% of the agriculture products grown on Hawaii Island; Include Food “We Count”.
  • There is No reason to fear; We’re good stewards of the land.

  • We support all methods of agriculture and coexistence is manageable.

  • Bill 113 jeopardizes our Food Security rather than helping us work towards food self-sufficiency! It take sus in the wrong direction we want to reduce our imported food products…..

  • Cost of food for the rubbah slippah folks

  • We’re Farmers not Criminals; why register only 1 class of farmers?

  • This Bill allows everyone else to use technology  including our imported goods; yet Hawaii Island Farmers cannot use them and we become handcuffed restricting the future of farming in Hawaii.

  • These Bills will drive Big Island farmers out of business.

  •    Just like papaya, Big Island farmers may need biotechnology for virus protection. Unforseen circumstances lets not legislate farming practices without first understanding agriculture and farming in Hawaii.

Big Island should be working towards food security and self-reliance and anti Farming Bills like Bill 113 and 109
distracts us from important work. 70% of all food in America contains GMO, Hawaii imports 85%, this bill does nothing but place Hawaii’s small farmers at a further disadvantage.

   We need all farmers working together, we need a task force of experienced farmers and respected Scientists at the table.  the Hawaii County council should not have started this process such as Bill 113 without working through the issues first, understanding agriculture and speaking with the very people the bill seeks to mandate how they do business; its wrong; the entire process is the cart before the horse. Bill 109 and 113 are bad public policy and they are deceptive!

It’s time to choose; the choice to do what is right versus drink the fear mongering Kool-aide being dispensed by mainland millionaires and their fight to make Hawaii their version of Utopia!  Speak up Hawaii…

It’s about free choice ~ Vote No on Bill 113 and let’s work together with Aloha!

Broad Scientific consensus that biotechnology and GE foods are safe,

GE crops currently on the market are safe to eat. (See the European Commission Joint Research Centre, European Food Safety Authority, The American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Health Organization)


Decimating the Flawed Beliefs of Anti-GMO Activists

The flawed beleifs of anti gmo activists…Great article!

Debunking Denialism

Recently, the editors of Scientific American took a stand against the mandatory labeling of food products containing ingredients that have been genetically modified using biotech tools.

Their main arguments were that it would only increase the already widespread misconceptions about GM foods, lead to less consumer choice as companies want to avoid labels on their products that may decrease sales, increase food costs for the consumer, give farmers and manufacturers additional administrative work and further stigmatize beneficial technologies that have increased yields and profits for individual farmers and promises to combat deficiency diseases that blind and kill hundreds of thousands of children. I wrote a blog post about the backlash in the comment section to the Scientific American article, finding the arguments provided by anti-GMO activists to be misguided and inaccurate.

As predicted, the anti-GMO activists were not discouraged one bit by the Scientific American article and tried to drown…

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Get Back to Me….

Hushed murmurs….
…Accusations…Swarming mass of colors….Signs….

Get Back to Me…When you found a way to feed a family with touchscreens and cables…Get Back to me when Your happy to wear something other than those cotton T-shirts that needed planting and harvesting…

Get Back to Me When you can replace the Industry that maintains the world, While you stand here trying to change it…

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers are under attack from a very vocal minority. We need the silent majority to Support and Speak up for agriculture and help protect our right to farm.

This video gives you a glimpse of what our farmers and ranchers face at every hearing for Bill 113. When activists realize your not one of them it’s a visible reaction. Often ugly, with No Aloha. Our Farmers have been called terrorists, told they would burn in hell and many other horrible comments have been made for no reason other than they attend a public hearing or have the audacity to  speak to the media or simply submit testimony. Can you imagine the audacity to support the Constitution of the United States , the Right to Farm and participate in democracy; yes the audacity of hope that we will prevail despite being less than 2% of the population.

Support Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers they work hard to deliver safe, affordable food to our tables!

Support Hawaii Farmers Right to Farm


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Here are 4 Ways you can help Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers today!

Step 1 – Make sure your voice is heard: We need everyone to send in testimony and state their position on Bill 113, Call….Email….Or Fax … the Hawaii County Council, your Council Person and  Office of the Mayor…..


Submit your Testimony & Postion to the Hawaii County Council

  1. Email testimony to counciltestimony@co.hawaii.hi.us
  2. Submit via Fax (808) 961-8912
  3. In person or Mail to  Office of the County Clerk at 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720
  4. Video Testimony can be emailed to  videotestimony@hawaiicounty.gov

Call the County Council Clerk at 808-961-8271 Tell them how you feel about 113, it will hurt consumers and Hawaii Island Farmers and Ranchers!

 Contact Information for Hawaii County  Council Members

 J Yoshimoto – Phone: (808) 961-8272 – Fax: (808) 961-8912 – jyoshimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us

Valerie Poindexter – Phone: (808) 961-8018 – Fax: (808) 961-8912 –  vpoindexter@co.hawaii.hi.us

Dennis “Fresh” Onishi – Phone: (808) 961-8396 – Fax: (808) 961-8912 –donishi@co.hawaii.hi.us

Greggor Ilagan – Phone: (808) 965-2712 – Fax: (808) 961-8912 – gilagan@co.hawaii.hi.us

Zendo Kern – Phone: (808) 961-8263 – Fax: (808) 961-8912 – zkern@co.hawaii.hi.us

Brenda Ford – Phone: (808) 323-4277 -Fax: (808) 329-4786 – bford@co.hawaii.hi.us

Dru Mamo Kanuha – Phone: (808) 323-4267 – Fax: (808) 329-4786 –dkanuha@co.hawaii.hi.us

Karen Eoff – Phone: (808) 323-4280 – Fax: (808) 329-4786 – keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us

Margaret Wille – Phone: (808) 887-2069 – Fax: (808) 887-2072 – mwille@co.hawaii.hi.us


Contact the Office of the Mayor; Share your position or testimony

Call 808) 961-8211 –  Fax: (808) 961-6553 –  Email cohmayor@co.hawaii.hi.us


Step 2 – Share our messages online via Facebook or Twitter and help us Defeat Bill 113


Step 3 – Submit your testimony  as a Letter to the Editor

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10 reasons why we Need Biotechnology

10 Reasons Why we need Biotech, GE & GMO crops by Genetic Literacy