As a new year dawns, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for reading, commenting and being a part of this blog, which is now entering its 10th year.
I also want to share a documentary that I've been working on for the past nine months as part of my work with the Cornell Alliance for Science.
It began as a videotaped conversation with papaya grower Ken Kamiya and his daughter, Joni, who writes the Hawaii Farmer's Daughter blog. From there it expanded to include the reflections of others who have been on the front lines of the acrimonious debate about GMO agriculture in Hawaii.
I'm hoping it can give voice to a fact-based point of view that hasn't been heard much in the last three years, as anti-GMO groups created a conflict based on misinformation, distrust and fear.
I'm also hoping it can encourage and inspire those of us who support agriculture, science, innovation and the concept of aloha to start speaking up. We need to deepen the discussion, broaden the dialogue and change the conversation to reflect what Hawaii election results have shown to be the majority view.
Let's make 2017 the year when the healing begins in Hawaii.
Happy New Year!