This section offers a few letters to the editor, assorted rants, complaints and photos about the state of agriculture in Hawaii



----------Letters and rants-------------



Letter to the Editor on inspection fees for imported produce.

  • Third Annual Report on Local Versus Imported Produce Adveritsing on the Big Island.


  • Letter to the Editor on inspection fees for imported produce.


  • The Mayors (lack of) Vision statement does not include agriculture. How can someone who governs an island based in agriculture not mention it in his vision> Clearly One Term Billy does not derserve the support of anyone involved in Agriculture or anyone who desires equity for all Big Island residents.

  • A need for Commitment

  • How to get money for agriculture inspectors.
  • List of 2008 imports into Hawaii

  • Safeway ad featuring locally grown in banner headline with only 1 product -- the usual pineapple. 7-09
  • How to get around the new County or origin law, just put all the origins on the same box! (10-08)

  • China taro rant
  • Letter on producing mixing in stores and strong-arm practices of large wholesalers
  • WHY DO HAWAIIAN ORANGES ROT IN MAUKA FIELDS? From year 2000
  • Farmers market talk 1-26-08
  • Hilo sticks it to us again.

    ----------Newspaper Food Ads-------------

    I've started to add numbers after the weekly newspaper ads showing how many local items are included versus imports. When you see 3 of 16 it means 3 locally grown items are in the ad of 16 total produce items.In some cases photos show only parts of the ads.

  • 6-24-08 Choice Mart 5 of 9
  • 6-24-08 Foodland 6 of 16
  • 6-24-08 KTA 5 of 9
  • 6-24-08 Safeway1 1 of 8
  • 6-24-08 Safeway2 1 of 6
  • 6-17-08 KTA features "Island Fresh mangos from Guatemala! They shuold know better!
  • 6-17-08 Foodland 2 of 17
  • 6-17-08 Safeway1 2 of 8
  • 6-17-08 Safeway2 1 of 10
  • 6-17-08 KTA 6 of 10
  • 6-17-08 Choice Mart 5 of 9

  • 6-10-08 Foodland- Only 3 of 17 are local. Shame on you Foodland-Sack N Save!
  • 6-10-08 KTA 6 of 10
  • 6-10-08 Safeway 3 of 14 - Unsafe for local growers!
  • *June 10 Choice Mart, What advertising local produce should be! 8 of 9*

  • 6-4-08 Foodland-Sack N Save 1 of 16
  • 6-4-08 KTA 3 of 6
  • 6-4-08 Safeway 1 of 7 and more junk imported avocados.
  • 5-28-08 Foodland-Sack N Save 4 of 16
  • 5-28-08 Safeway 3 of 14
  • 5-28-08 KTA 3 of 6
  • 5-20-08 Why would anyone buy junk imported avocados from Safeway!
  • 5-20-08 Foodland changed its ad but can do much better
  • 5-7-08 Foodland says its supports local farmers but does it?
  • 5-7-08 KTA has it so why doesnt foodland, Thank you KTA!

    ----------Fighting back - Kona Coffee Farmers Association--------------

  • Associations Highway robbery rack card -- don't be fooled by the blends!