DuPont-Pioneer to close in Kekaha

SUBHEAD: Global seed company DuPont Pioneer has shut down its facility in Kekaha.

By Anita Hofschneider on 21 May 2015 for Civil Beat -

Image above: Main entrance to DuPont-Pioneer offices in Waimea, Kauai. Photo by Juan Wilson.

Global seed company DuPont Pioneer has shut down its facility in Kekaha, Kauai and plans to consolidate its parent seed operations with another facility in Waialua on the North Shore of Oahu.
Laurie Yoshida, spokeswoman for the company, said that DuPont Pioneer has laid off 23 employees and plans to lay off 11 more once the closure is complete.

That will take time because equipment needs to be transferred and the 3,000 acres of leased land needs to be prepared to return to landowners. The employees will be offered severance packages, she said.

The news comes just 10 days after a federal court jury ruled DuPont Pioneer owes over half a million dollars to 15 residents in Waimea, Kauai, for property damage and other costs associated with red dust generated from the company’s fields.

Image above: Protest against GMO experimentation and pesticide spraying in front of DuPont-Pioneer security gate in by three residents of nearby Waimea Valley in 2013. Photo by Juan Wilson.

Yoshida said Wednesday’s closure is unrelated to the lawsuit and that DuPont Pioneer’s 1,500-acre Waimea operation in west Kauai will be unaffected.

She said the consolidation is due to the softening of the market and the desire to streamline operations. Both the Kekaha and Waialua facilities focused on parent seed operations, growing the initial seeds used to create hybrids.

Fighting GMOs for a Decade

SUBHEAD: Since 2005, Hawaii SEED has been organizing to educate the public about the risks posed by GMOs.

By Jeri DiPietro on 21 May 2015 for Hawaii Seed -

On the occasion of our 10 year milestone as a non profit corporation working to "Raise Awareness and Inspire Change", we ask for your continued support. We mahalo all of GMO Free Kauai for the taking a leading role in food sovereignty and working towards meaningful solutions to the end of the infamous distinction as GMO ground zero.

Hawaii SEED and GMO Free Kaua`i are honored by the support of Dr. Jane Goodall and her quote below. Please consider donating towards our continued efforts to provide free events and educational materials. Mahalo nui loa. What we love we will protect!  Have hope and do what you can to protect biodiversity and avert biodestruction.

"I have learned that some of the most toxic chemicals used in industrial agriculture have been tested on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. I strongly support Hawai'i SEED and the Kauai activists who are working to create a healthy local food system in Hawaii and standing up to the chemical-biotech companies and I congratulate them on passing their local 'right to know' law. Perhaps this will encourage others to persevere in their fight against the giant corporations."  Dr. Jane Goodall

Aloha mai kakou,

Since 2005, Hawaii SEED has been organizing to educate the public about the risks posed by genetic engineering, the associated pesticide use and experimentation, while promoting diverse, local, and ecological food and farming. On the occasion of our tenth anniversary as a non profit corporation, the need for this work has never been greater -- and so too is our need for your support.

Please consider donating to our ongoing educational efforts by clicking the paypal “donate” button at or by check to:
Hawaii SEED
PO Box 1177
Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 651-9603
We value contributions of any amount and your tax-deductible donation will help us to host thought-provoking speaker series, films and other community events, and help distribute our book “Facing Hawaii’s Future”, and Pesticide Action Network's “A Generation in Jeopardy” and other educational resources to the community, free of charge.

Resources for these efforts are key to expanding the reach and impact of what we know are important issues facing Hawaii’s future. We are grateful for your ongoing support.

Lots of exciting news and events coming up!  I did want to mention that my email reply to Stephanie Seneff to plan a speaking tour accidentally got mailed to the list and I apologize for that. A bit of a funny oops, oh well. 

We are firming up dates on that speaking tour, it looks like Kauai dates will be around 7/27 - 7/30.  The only firm date so far is 7/30 at KCC PAC, no time set yet.  We will keep you up to date as the places dates and times for events are made concrete.

\We are supporting a march this Saturday, its the Kauai supporting march for the worldwide march against Monsanto.  Its in two days, this coming Saturday, Noon to 2pm, at the airport intersection on the highway.  More information at the following link, hope to see you there!

Mahalo nui loa,

The Hawaii SEED Board of Directors
Jeri Di Pietro, MiKey Boudreaux, Walter Ritte,
and Mary Lacques, O Ľahu Outreach Coordinator

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: Dupont guilty in Waimea, Kauai Suit 5/8/15


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