Catching up on the letters to the editor that I happily ignored while traveling, I see that folks are still busily bashing the proposed dairy.
And I thought, only on Kauai would people reject as poorly-planned a project that has been thousands of dollars and six years in the making, while embracing the concept of turning the long-languishing Kilauea ag park land over to Malama Kauai with absolutely no plan at all, including the most crucial aspect: how to get water.
In defending the “we don't need no stinking plan” approach to the Kilauea ag park, Adam Asquith, a Seagrant agent who grows taro, stated:
“It is the limitless analysis, details and planning that will kill a project like this,” Asquith said. “Farming is difficult enough, if you will allow us to get on this land. No extent of further planning and details will improve the success of whoever is on the land.”
Which no doubt explains his own failed business ventures....
Still, I wonder if the anti-dairy folks will take Adam's words to heart and just let the Hawaii Dairy Farm folks farm. On designated important ag lands, no less.
A friend sent me an email about the dairy:
It sounds like a beautiful concept to me, well thought-out and environmentally wonderful. It should restore soil ruined by sugar cane and provide a source of protein for the island in case the planes and boats stop. And pesticide-free. And reducing runoff. Et cetera! In fact, it sounds like a great idea. Am I missing something?
To which I replied:
Only fear, mistrust and paranoia…
To which he replied:
What a strange sociological phenomenon on this island that when anyone tries to do anything – good, bad or in between – the lunatics rise up in righteous indignation to do whatever they can to stop it?!
Indeed. Which is why I was amused to see this comment from the Lihue Business Association meeting, which was attended by folks who traveled all the way down from the north shore to say no to a dairy that is not even in their back yards:
Diann Hartman, spokeswoman for the nearby Grand Hyatt, questioned whether there were any dairy farms with such a high density of cows to acreage within two miles of the ocean and three of a thriving economic center.
No, but there are hundreds of shopping centers and resorts with a high density of sunscreen-lathered, mai tai-quaffing tourists along the shoreline, wreaking all sorts of unchecked havoc on land, water, culture, access. But shhhh, let's not mention that.
Ag, not tourism, is the bogeyman de jour.
This comment by “bionic dread” said it all:
To some of us, it's another Superferry or GMO field.
Yes. Isn't everything?
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of living in a war zone.
And don't be blaming it on the chem companies or the corporations. We created this “ground zero” victim-aggressor mentality and we can end it. Or we can keep wasting our resources and energy on endless skirmishes that never do address, much less resolve, the bigger issues that face us.