By Jimmy Trujillo on 12 March 2009 in Island Breath -
Image above: Bees swarm on Norfolk pine sap at Banana Joe's on Kauai
Kauai Beekeeper's Association (KBEE) was formed in January of 2009 after a series of community meetings were convened and hosted by Jimmy Torio, an Anahola beekeeper. Election of KBEE's executive committee occurred at a community meeting on January 17 in Niumalu. KBEE was formed as a proactive effort to rally Kaua'i beekeepers, community members and government officials to take action and prevent the spread of the varoaa mite to Kauai from infested areas on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii.
Contact: Jimmy Trujillo (808) 346 7725 email@example.com
Jose Bulatao (808) 337 9135 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Kobayahsi (808) 639 1971 email@example.com
Jimmy Torio (808) 652 0921 firstname.lastname@example.org
KBEE-Board Of Directors
a. what will happen to the flowers to make leis to greet our visitors? b. how will our agricultural activities be affected? c. in which ways will our local economy be impacted?Is this reason enough to make every attempt to collabortively work together to address the "plight of the honeybees" here in the State of Hawaii?
By George Mobus on 12 March 2009 in Question Everything - Image above: Falling house of cards. From (http://www.fotosearch.com/IDX034/394174)
"Sorry for the late notice, but I just found out; Senator Gary Hooser and DNLR chief Laura Theilan will be at Polihale Wednesday morning at 10 AM. Please show your support for open beach access! There has been talk that it may take 18 months to 2 years to reopen access."
The Pacific Institute estimates that in 2006:
- Producing the bottles for American consumption required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation
- Bottling water produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide
- It took 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water
Total U.S. Consumption of Bottled Water in 2006According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, Americans bought a total of 31.2 billion liters of water in 2006, sold in bottles ranging from the 8-ounce aquapods popular in school lunches to the multi-gallon bottles found in family refrigerators and office water coolers. Most of this water was sold in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, requiring nearly 900,000 tons of the plastic. PET is produced from fossil fuels – typically natural gas and petroleum.
Energy Required to Make PET Plastic
According to the plastics manufacturing industry, it takes around 3.4 megajoules of energy to make a typical one-liter plastic bottle, cap, and packaging. Making enough plastic to bottle 31.2 billion liters of water required more than 106 billion megajoules of energy. Because a barrel of oil contains around 6 thousand megajoules, the Pacific Institute estimates that the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil were needed to produce these plastic bottles.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Consumption of Bottled Water
The manufacture of every ton of PET produces around 3 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Bottling water thus created more than 2.5 million tons of CO2 in 2006.
Water Required to Make Bottled Water
In addition to the water sold in plastic bottles, the Pacific Institute estimates that twice as much water is used in the production process. Thus, every liter sold represents three liters of water.
Transporting and Recycling Bottled Water
More energy is needed to fill the bottles with water at the factory, move it by truck, train, ship, or air freight to the user, cool it in grocery stores or home refrigerators, and recover, recycle, or throw away the empty bottles. The Pacific Institute estimates that the total amount of energy embedded in our use of bottled water can be as high as the equivalent of filling a plastic bottle one quarter full with oil.
Beverage Marketing Corporation estimate for 2006.
Plastics Europe. http://lca.plasticseurope.org/petb5.htm
Image above: View of Waimea Canyon Middle School where children have been made ill from Syngenta chemical spraying in adjacent fields. From WCMS website.
Please take a minute to write a letter in opposition of HB 1226. This Bill would preempt any effort to regulate an industry that has a long history of manipulating the democratic process at the expense of the environment and community health. It would also preclude attempts to establish pesticide free buffer zones around schools protecting children from exposure to Organoposphate pesticides used heavily in GMO cultivation. Please send this e-mail to a friend. Mahalo for your Kokua.
OPPOSE HB 1226
RELATING TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED PLANT ORGANISMS.
Prohibits state administrative regulatory actions and county regulatory actions from banning or otherwise regulating activities related to genetically modified plant organisms, with certain exceptions (HB1226 HD1)
Write letters of opposition to: Hawaii State Legislature House of Representatives Agricultural Committee http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/house/comm/commAGR.asp
By Joan Conrow on 09 March 2009 in The Hawaii Independent
Bruce Robinson, whose family owns the island that lies off Kauai’s western shore, first spotted fish washing ashore on Jan. 17, but did not contact state officials until Feb. 2, when he brought Heacock a sample of about 100 dead fish.
If you plan to move anyway. That is, if you have a family place or somewhere you have always planned to return to, if you can, now is probably the best time. It takes time to build soil. It takes time to get to know people. It takes time to see fruit trees come to maturity. If you were planning on going anyway after a few more years of earning, or something, now might be the right time. That said, however, I’d be awfully cautious about buying, and only recommend this *if you can* leave - either by selling your current place or if you’ve been renting. But building roots is important.If you aren’t prepared to live in the place you live as its culture demands. That is, as we get poorer and travel and transit become bigger issues, living in the country is going to be a lot different than it is now - instead of living essentially a suburban life, commuting to activities not available and relying on trucked in supplies, you may have to shop occasionally and mostly stay home in the country, making your own entertainment. Are you prepared to do that? Urban dwellers may have to make do in tougher conditions as infrastructure problems come up. My own analogy is this - if you’d be ok living in the worst neighborhood in your city as most of the people there live now, you’ll probably be fine. But if you’ve been affluent and comfortable and might not be forever, be sure you can afford the city and like the life. I believe strongly that city, suburb (most of them) and country all have a future - but the differences between them are likely to become more acute. If you aren’t prepared to deal with those differences, you might consider moving.Our native knowledge of our place is valuable - in fact, it may be the most powerful tool we have. Now some of us will have to leave our native places, to journey again as people so often have. But if we can stay where we are, knowing our flora and fauna, knowing what grows where and how things smell when the seasons change and how to heal or feed or tend with what is native here is absolutely valuable - as is the ability to adapt that knowledge as our places change. So if there is a place where you feel at home, and no other constraints bind you, perhaps you will want to go there, and be there, and help other people be there. See also: