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Yes Richard. Farmers are the experts. Not Wille. Not Ford. Not Barr. Not Hector.

Richard, you are right. We need to get this conversation back to communities, this is not Hawaii. People cutting down papaya trees and affecting the livelihoods of small farmers, is not Hawaii!!!

Once again Richard you have nailed the proverbial nail on the head!

Hawaii's Farmers and Ranchers are the experts in what they do not the Ford and Willie Show. Mayor Billy Kenoi said last week "DO no Harm" Listen and understand, maybe just maybe the other council members are listening despite the noise caused by Ford & Willie. In Hawaii we do business and life with Aloha, this issue has no aloha in it and it deeply saddens me.

It's another sad day for science on Hawaii island. So many people criticize the lack of technology education among locals, then this kind of action happens at the county government level. Ford is such a hypocrite, she files suit against the county for Leithead's lack of engineering credentials, then turns right around, sits in her council chair and states she knows nothing about genetic engineering except that she is totally against it. Personally, I don't find all that much wrong with this island and see more malama aina than bizarre, imagined threats. But this county council proves why improvements to the quality of life on this island are so impeded.

Aloha, God didn't create farmers with hazmat suits on. I think that could go as the opposite of "farming." I'm not a religious person because it is always used to manipulate people. I am an organic farmer, no hazmat suit, no patents.

This is a complicated problem on many levels. We live here in the humid sub tropics. Although we have a year round growing season, we also have insects, weeds and diseases that thrive here. And, we don't have winter to kill off the bugs like they do on the mainland. Both organic and conventional farms face cost increases due to crop loss and controlling pests. How can we provide food for the folks on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder? How can we feed everyone? It is clear to me that we need everyone growing food using whatever methods one chooses to feed everyone. As farmers we need to figure out how to meet in the middle and support each other.

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