Is Pioneer pulling out?

SUBHEAD: ADC meeting agenda today indicates considering approval for Pioneer to drop 800 acres in Kekaha.

By Juan Wilson on 9 December 2015 for Island Breath -

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I received an agenda for today's Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) meeting. It's going on now at 99-941 Halawa Valley Street in Aiea, Oahu Hawaii.

If don't know, among other things, the ADC oversees the use of the bulk of the Mana Plain that is not part of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF).

Besides Pearl Harbor, the Mana Plain, was once the largest wetlands in Hawaii. It is now mostly devoted to experimenting with pesticides on genetically modified crops (GE's or GMOs).

Chemical Companies like DuPont Pioneer, BASF, and Syngenta have licenses with the ADC to do their experiments there.

Today's meeting has one item that caught our attention - Item "E".
E. Approval to amend Pioneer-Hi-Bred Internatonal, Inc.'s Land Licencse No. LI-K0803 to withdraw 796.85 (more of less) acres in Kekaha, Kauai, Tax Map Key no. (4)1-2-02-001 (por.)
That is a large chunk of the Mana Plain. We can only hope this means less GMO experimentation and a turn towards real food growing.
Image above: Detail of Agenda page. Click to enlarge.

But keep in mind, Dupont-Pioneer has had plenty of other real estate in its grip on Kauai's Westside - along the ridges over Makaweli-Waimea Vallies and scattered through the fields of Kauai Coffee.

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