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Agriculture

Testimony: Bill 10 could help add Oahu housing

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept 26, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. ______________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair        Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair From: Ted Kefalas        

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Testimony: ‘Local Food Act’ would help economic development

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator

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Federal laws we could do without

To borrow from Tolstoy’s famous quote about families, good laws are often alike, but bad laws are bad in their own way. This comes to mind because in July I attended FreedomFest 2019 in Las Vegas, where I participated in a panel discussion on the “dirty dozen” of federal laws, moderated

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Doubling Hawaii’s Food Production

When Governor Ige first announced his plan to double local food production, people wondered whether he was speaking broadly about general goals, much in the way that political leaders talk about space exploration. But then he doubled down and repeated it: Hawaii will double local food production by 2020. The

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VIDEO: Regulatory Threats to Agriculture

New rules from the federal government are threatening our farms and food, said Baylen Linnekin, a leading food law and policy attorney and author of Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How fewer smarter laws would make our food system more sustainable. According to Baylen, food in the United States

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Maui Luncheon: Government Mandates on Local Farmers

The future of agriculture in Hawaii is uncertain, and government bureaucrats are putting more hurdles on our local farmers and ranchers. Baylen Linnekin is the author of Biting the Hand that Feeds Us, which uncovers how government over-regulation has led to food waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions and disappearing fish stocks.

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New Federal Rules May Hurt Small Farmers

Simon Russell, a small farmer and member of the board of agriculture, sat down with Joe Kent as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was introduced in 2014, and it gives the FDA authority to introduce new

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Policy to Support Hawaii’s Agriculture

Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent sit down with ThinkTechHawaii to discuss the past, present, and future of agriculture in Hawaii. Farming in Hawaii has declined over the past several decades, and farmers need policies that protect them from government overreach. With the Food Safety Modernization Act looming on the horizon, the

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10 Free Market Solutions for Agriculture

The Grassroot Institute gave a presentation on Maui titled, “10 Free Market Solutions for Agriculture on Maui” on April 12th, 2016. In the presentation, Dr. Keli’i Akina, President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii outlined 10 key solutions to consider for Maui residents and policy makers. Click here to view

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Testimony: Bill 10 could help add Oahu housing

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept 26, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. ______________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair        Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair From: Ted Kefalas        

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Testimony: ‘Local Food Act’ would help economic development

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator

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Federal laws we could do without

To borrow from Tolstoy’s famous quote about families, good laws are often alike, but bad laws are bad in their own way. This comes to mind because in July I attended FreedomFest 2019 in Las Vegas, where I participated in a panel discussion on the “dirty dozen” of federal laws, moderated

Read More →

Doubling Hawaii’s Food Production

When Governor Ige first announced his plan to double local food production, people wondered whether he was speaking broadly about general goals, much in the way that political leaders talk about space exploration. But then he doubled down and repeated it: Hawaii will double local food production by 2020. The

Read More →

VIDEO: Regulatory Threats to Agriculture

New rules from the federal government are threatening our farms and food, said Baylen Linnekin, a leading food law and policy attorney and author of Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How fewer smarter laws would make our food system more sustainable. According to Baylen, food in the United States

Read More →

Maui Luncheon: Government Mandates on Local Farmers

The future of agriculture in Hawaii is uncertain, and government bureaucrats are putting more hurdles on our local farmers and ranchers. Baylen Linnekin is the author of Biting the Hand that Feeds Us, which uncovers how government over-regulation has led to food waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions and disappearing fish stocks.

Read More →

New Federal Rules May Hurt Small Farmers

Simon Russell, a small farmer and member of the board of agriculture, sat down with Joe Kent as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was introduced in 2014, and it gives the FDA authority to introduce new

Read More →

Policy to Support Hawaii’s Agriculture

Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent sit down with ThinkTechHawaii to discuss the past, present, and future of agriculture in Hawaii. Farming in Hawaii has declined over the past several decades, and farmers need policies that protect them from government overreach. With the Food Safety Modernization Act looming on the horizon, the

Read More →

10 Free Market Solutions for Agriculture

The Grassroot Institute gave a presentation on Maui titled, “10 Free Market Solutions for Agriculture on Maui” on April 12th, 2016. In the presentation, Dr. Keli’i Akina, President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii outlined 10 key solutions to consider for Maui residents and policy makers. Click here to view

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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