Where’s The Beef? A&B Jeopardizes a Natural Industry


Faith Ewbank, a 47-year resident of Maui, is a mother and grandmother who has testified at many Maui County and Hawaii State hearings. Her interest in island agriculture inspired her recent turn from graphic design to writing.

When I heard it I could hardly believe it. I got in my car and drove straight to the young woman who went on a recent tour with A&B to hear about recent agriculture activities. Baffling news regarding Bt corn, Genetically Modified Maize.


My mind swims with questions: “Back up. You mean they ALREADY planted and harvested Bt Corn??!! On Maui?” ……… How a company could turn from sugar to vinegar so fast just silenced me……….. “They are ignoring our No GMO ballot initiative of Maui’s voters?” …….. “Have they sold their souls to the devil?”….. “Is there any hope?”

I call a couple of my favorite ranchers. It appears a fast one has been pulled with a few speaking for the whole. The director of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Hawaii district was at the meeting but offered no testimony.

I pull it together, re-read my letters of inquiry to A&B that specifically ask about growing grass for professional grazers, grass-fed beef supporting endeavors and inquiry on all potential Maui ag projects. Letter of Inquiry here:

Unanswered questions, A&B position response to my letter of inquiry here.

I’ve never felt like my time was wasted as much as this day. After hours of waiting to testify I distributed handouts that clearly stated the federal definition of Sustainable Agriculture  and shared my thoughts. Testimony start point delay apology: I decided to pass out bananas as a reminder that our goal is to feed people. Video here:

Just because the PEA Committee has deferred this item in no way means this conversation is over. I feel that as much of my time, our time that was wasted by A&B’s presentation the PEA Committee should provide the same amount of time they wasted by honoring stellar on-island agricultural talent that is exercising sustainable agriculture practices.

There is massive misunderstanding of the safety of GM and BT Corn production and its effects on small communities and the planet. It would behoove every Maui County Council member to watch the following two movies to better prepare themselves for the sound science and new laws just around the bend.

Must Watch:

One Man, One Cow, One Planet

King Corn