Hawaii’s seed industry projected to fall in value

HONOLULU — A U.S. Department of Agriculture report indicates Hawaii’s seed industry is projected to drop in value by 19 percent during the 2017-18 season.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports shipments of seeds out of the state are projected to increase by 67 percent to 12.7 million pounds (5.8 million kilograms) in the season ending this month.

The seed shipments are up from the 7.6 million pounds (3.4 million kilograms) recorded in the last season and surpass the previous high of 12 million pounds (5.4 million kilograms) in the 2009-10 season.

The federal department projects the statewide production value of seeds to be $121 million this season with seed corn accounting for 95 percent of the value. The production value of seeds last season was $148 million.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

  1. Charlie Chimknee June 12, 2018 6:43 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    Appears to be an oddity in the decrease in the $$$ value (19%) of seed dollars being sold and the simultaneous increase in the volume of seed sold (67% or 12,700,000 or 12.7 million pounds). Is this because of what they call dumping overstock of the product on the market?

    Hard to believe that the little old narrow strip of land on the Westside can produce that much poison saturated corn seed in a year. Certainly a “bumper crop”.

    Perhaps the weight of each individual corn seed is doubled or tripled or quadrupled in weight due to the saturation of the poison caused by dowsing and dosing near daily 320 poison application days a year (previously reported in the Garden Island), now soon to be restricted to a buffer zone of 100’ from schools when children are in attendance.

    That’s like a Saturday Night Live entertainment joke…or a sad hex on the kids in the schools, patients in hospital, drivers on the road, nature’s critters (from humans to puppy dogs to microbes and aquatic life) are all laid at the Seed Company’s sacrificial altar of the Westside

    Clearly “mystified” poison’s mistified over-spray of Glyphosate and Chlorpyrifos, etc., can travel in the prevailing Tradwinds an easy 500’ and when gusting winds another 5000’ or about a mile.

    What comes 1st in the value and concern in the production of life forms…poisoned corn profit or children? 12.7 million pounds of seed must be billions of seed pieces vs. the amount of precious children and adults being poisoned on the Westside…and even other places at the trail’e end of wind overspray.

    Have the Foreign seed companies and our legislature no shame when they ignore the most precious forms of LIFE there can ever be to any family…their keiki?

    Let’s see if given the choice to eat, would you choose the red hot dog or the fresh salad? Or the choice of a healthy child vs. a poisoned corn seed?

    Maybe a reality check of counting how many actual pieces of corn seed are actually produced each year, not only giving us an accurate count of each individual seed of corn, but also employing countless amount of seed counters?

    “Bring down that wall, Mr. Gorbachev”, er…we mean Mr. Trump, we need more bean…er, we mean more corn counters…! ! !



  2. andy June 12, 2018 11:41 pm Reply

    Excellent analysis, Charles! Sadly, you hit the nail on the head: the seed companies and our legislators (well, most of them) truly do have NO SHAME when it comes to to the seemingly minor (to them) trade-off of poisoning our keiki as long as there is money to be made. I have three grandkids age 11, 12, and 16, as well as many grand-nieces-and-nephews, and I am very frightened for their futures. I hope that I live long enough to see a day when Kauai is rid of these toxic scourges and people will rightly look back on this time as one of incredible greed and stupidity.

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