Man Bites Dog

Richard Ha writes:

I was amazed to see that 90 percent of the people attending the Hawai‘i County Council meeting on Wednesday – when the anti-GMO bill was being discussed - were farmers.

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Nobody picked up on that, but it's significant. Farmers don't normally attend Council meetings, because they are busy farming. But on Wednesday they were spilling out the door.

They were not there to testify, but to watch for unintended consequences. One unintended consequence, which has already happened, pits farmers against farmers and that's very distressing to the whole farming community.

It was a quiet bunch of farmers that were just observing. They were from all segments of the farming community. They thought it was important enough that they dropped their work and came.

I have a hard time describing just how significant this was.