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Cane Burning Draws a Crowd to Rep. Ing’s Town Hall Meeting

Pesticides, smart meters and Kihei High School among topics covered.

November 28, 2013

Cane burning, the health consequences and how to bring it to an end were the primary topics discussed at a morning town hall-style gathering hosted by state Rep. Kaniela Ing on Saturday, Nov. 1....

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Dec-04-13 9:07 PM

The ash sinks to the bottom of the reef where turtles rest. It has some of the same carcinogens as tobacco smoke and may be causing the tumors around their heads and shoulders.

The reef from Maalaea to Kihei is mostly dead due to agricultural chemicals and sediment. It looks pristine in south Makena.

Ken Owen posted on MauiNow**** and believes the chemicals, dust, and bacteria cause the health problems.

The film "Bring It Home" shows industrial hemp would be 8 times more profitable for farmers than sugarcane, when it becomes legal.

HC&S has some Australian sugarcane harvesters for 1-year crops which don't require re-plowing each harvest, eliminating the dust, smoke, and ash. They can only use them on the flat areas of 20% of the land. Most sugarcane grown here is a 2-year crop. They cannot process those stalks in the mill, because it gums up the works.

The solution is sustainable agriculture to grow more local food. Green harvest organic sugarcane on 20% of the land

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