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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:02 PM

Food as Weapon - Dr. Vandana Shiva Brings Earth Democracy to Hawai‘i 5 PM seed giveaway today!!!

click on events for the poster, they are giving away non-GMO seeds grown on Kauai- the whole thing is free!

starts 5 PM, Jan. 17 (in 5 hours from now, Hawaii time, i believe)

i know there's at least one person from Hawaii here...spread it around!

http://hawaiiseed.org/

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Food as Weapon
Dr. Vandana Shiva Brings Earth Democracy to Hawai‘i

http://honoluluweekly.com/cover/2013/01/food-as-weapon-2/

Earth Democracy translates into a mission of preserving biodiversity and creating seed sovereignty, food sovereignty and water democracy. Navdanya has helped set up 111 community seed banks throughout India, trained more than 500,000 farmers in saving seeds and practicing sustainable agriculture over the past two decades and helped set up the largest direct-marketing, fair-trade organic network in India.

“I have followed Gandhi’s footsteps of Swaraj, self rule, and Satyagraha, the force of truth and the refusal to obey unjust laws,” she explains. “We have practiced seed satyagraha, the refusal to obey patent laws on seed, since seed is not an invention, and seed monopolies are immoral and unethical.”

The biggest myth

Shiva wishes to dispel the misconception that industrial agriculture produces more food. In reality, “Industrial agriculture promotes monocultures, which are nutritionally impoverished,” she says. Monocultures (growing a single crop every year on the same land without rotation) and GE crops use 10 times more water than ecological agriculture, and are the single biggest reason for the water crisis, according to Shiva. She adds that genetic engineering has not increased the yield of a single crop.

“To turn the world into a dependency on staples has nothing to with feeding the world, it has to do with control,” Shiva said in an interview for The Future of Food video series. “Maximizing the production of commodities for international trade is directly proportionate to the decrease in nutrition availability to local communities, which is why food insecurity grows.”



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Reply Food as Weapon - Dr. Vandana Shiva Brings Earth Democracy to Hawai‘i 5 PM seed giveaway today!!! (Original post)
farminator3000 Jan 2013 OP
NoOneMan Jan 2013 #1
KamaAina Jan 2013 #2
farminator3000 Jan 2013 #3
farminator3000 Jan 2013 #4
think Jan 2013 #5
farminator3000 Jan 2013 #6
farminator3000 Jan 2013 #7

Response to farminator3000 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:07 PM

1. Oh, as if I am going to trust the destroyer of worlds

 

Shiva has to wake up pretty early to pull one on me.

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Response to farminator3000 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:11 PM

2. Try the Hawai'i forum

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1047

there are several kama'aina (local people) here, but I am no longer one of them, having returned to "the Continent" around three years ago.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:17 PM

3. thanks. didn't even know there was one!

it must be pretty nice out there.

but expensive, right?

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Response to farminator3000 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:31 PM

4. props to whoever did the state forum jokes!

i like 'wicked awesome' and 'hoosier daddy'

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Response to farminator3000 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:39 PM

5. K&R

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Response to farminator3000 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:12 PM

6. a few more things

Overall, I would have to say that Maui has the best quality (on the planet!) Names like Kauai Electric, Puna Butter, and Maui Wowie are plentiful, and some of them are actual stable strains that kick ass when grown in the Hawaiian climate. If you take a killer Californian strain however, and grow it in Hawaii, the first few generations usually don't do so well. After a while, the strain acclimatizes and will begin to produce da kine!
http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/1427.html

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About the Hawai‘i State Public Seed Initiative

The Hawai‘i Public Seed Initiative (HSPI), a program of The Kohala Center made possible with support from Ceres Trust, is designed to help our state’s farmers and gardeners select, grow, harvest, store, and improve seed varieties that will thrive in Hawai‘i.

HSPI held “Seed Production Basics for Farmers and Gardeners” workshops on Kaua‘i in 2011, and on O‘ahu, Maui, Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i Island in 2012. 180 enthusiastic gardeners, farmers, and students from throughout the state attended these workshops.

The two-day workshops were designed to impart practical working knowledge of seed growing, botany and biology, plant selection, seed harvesting, cleaning, and saving. Each workshop included hands-on fieldwork, with a focus on growing lettuce and tomato to seed, as well as taro propagation. Participants practiced harvesting, selecting, cleaning, and storing fresh seed. Strategies were discussed to account for differences in elevation, weather patterns, and rainfall. Participants developed ideas for creating seed networks in their local areas.
http://kohalacenter.org/publicseedinitiative/about.html

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http://www.chow.com/food-news/54965/10-vegetable-seed-suppliers/

http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/seed/seeds.asp

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Response to farminator3000 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:05 PM

7. USDA offers loans to farmers who grow for locals - one hour 'til giveaway...

Since 2009, the federal government has increased the number of loans to beginning farmers and ranchers from 11,000 loans in 2008 to 15,000 loans in 2011.

The interest rate for the new loan program changes monthly, and is currently 1.25 percent, according to the USDA, and the loan does not have to be repaid for seven years.
http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/187024991.html

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Earlier, as the session convened, a group of protesters gathered outside the Senate and House floors to chant, sing and wave signs. Many demonstrators urged lawmakers to support local agriculture and criticized the management of public lands.

Earlier, Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria, said voters can expect sweeping legislation to help Hawaii rely less on imports and more on local foods. That shift won't be easy, Galuteria told The Associated Press.

"Farming is not sexy," he said.

More than 85 percent of food in Hawaii comes from out-of-state, according to a state report published in October.

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism found Hawaii consumers spent about $3.1 billion every two years on imported food. Replacing 10 percent of imported food with local food would add more than $300 million to Hawaii's economy every two years, the report said.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/hawaii-legislature-begins-leadership-chosen/article/feed/2064015#.UPievWcYOTw

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