Farming

January 11, 2015: Drug of Choice

Collaborative partnerships.
Free of runaway egos.
Full of boundless hearts.

A shared mission,
which honors the
strength in diversity,

the value of autonomy,
clear communication,
cooperation, and disclosure.

Gathering over good food.
Conceptualizing solutions.
Learning. Humbling. Always.

As above,
so below.

As in vocation,
so in love.

After all,
if done right,
both are simply
a true and honest calling...

One's drug of choice.
This lifetime.

November 6, 2014: ¡Sí, se puede!

Maikaʻi nō, Maui County. After $8,000,000 of corporate campaigning, the measure still managed to pass. Celebration is real and well earned. It was a close vote, so it is vital that we also work to prevent and to heal any fractures our communities may be facing right now. Let us humbly stand in the truth to address what concerns may arise.

>> JOBS: We must kāko'o our entire community in this transition. This means standing in solidarity with our farmworkers and calling bullshit on Monsanto when they try to use our people as pawns in their expensive political game.

There is no sound reason jobs have to be lost. Monsanto and Mycogen may continue farming all crops other than GE as well as finish with whatever experiments are currently in the ground. According to the law, they may use approved chemicals if they choose. They do this elsewhere at inordinate profits.

Farming is laborious. Thus, if they are actually farming, laborers should be in high demand. Look, they just dropped $8 million on an ineffective propaganda campaign. Surely they can find a way to preserve their assets whilst protecting the lives of their farmworkers.

Let me be clear here - ANY attempt by these chemical companies to leverage the livelihoods of their employees in order to gain political traction is unnecessary, irresponsible, heartless, ruthless, selfish, foolish, dishonest and a down right abomination. No one, no initiative, no entity is forcing Monsanto et al. to close their doors. Maui County remains an economically viable location to do agri-business. The ONLY entities responsible for what jobs may or may not be lost in the wake of this win are the biotech companies themselves.

As massive biotech corporations, they have a legal obligation to their shareholders. They must do their due diligence, such as developing a contingency plan that accounts for the clear political environment against GE, the clear market shift towards organic, and clear public opinion fearful of GE. By ignoring these factors (whether by arrogance or choice) and not having a post-GE trajectory that respects the lives of their employees is, simply put, bad business practice.

>>> People don't need to lose their jobs. If they do, that blood is on Monsanto's hands, not ours and we will be there to support those whose livelihood was unnecessarily taken from them. I will not be held accountable for Monsanto's arrogant refusal to get their shit together just because I'm protecting my family and this 'āina from irreversible health consequences <<<

Biotech has everything it needs to turn a profit without the presence of GE. So, just as we won the battle to protect the health of our people and our 'āina, we must rally to protect the lives of those who Monsanto et al. may use as pawns. In the spirit of farmworker and labor leaders such as Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, Si se puede! Yes, we can! We just proved it yesterday, and the struggle continues as we reach across the aisle to stand in solidarity with our farmworker brothers and sisters!

November 4, 2014: And so it is written...

Today, 11/4/2014, the citizens of Maui County passed the very first Citizen's Initiative to make its way onto a ballot. The bill places a Moratorium on the Cultivation of Genetically Engineered Organisms until they can be proven safe. A reasonable request rooted in the Precautionary Principle.

Despite the $8,000,000 well-oiled propaganda machine, Maui County voters prevailed. Democracy in action. We made history. We are setting a precedent. It's only the beginning, we know that.

But what a beginning it is.

September 7, 2013: THE FEED.

Some people say Burning Man is hard to describe. "The Feed" is hard to describe.

Though the themes are similar: sharing, providing, building, long dusty roads in the Wild West, camping, celebration, all walks of life, and fire, there is an element of old tradition at The Feed that distinguishes it from other gatherings. An attempt if I may -- it is akin to taking a barn raising, a Lost Coast surf trip, a hometown potluck reunion, lumberjacks in tie dye and flannel, and late night jam sessions in the redwoods then folding them in to one another until the result is a perfectly smooth chocolate mousse of warm hearts, warm hands, warm souls, and full bellies.

Usal, CA

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