After the Frack: Bright Lights in the Middle of Nowhere

Air, light, and noise pollution linger long after the drilling is over By Lana Straub The humming sound was deafening. Standing in the driveway of the Brothers’ home it was 50 decibels, but as we walked toward the edge of the road, the sound meter jumped to 85 decibels. The creator of this offensively loud humming noise was the compressor station located just across the road. It ran night and day, 24/7, and had invaded…
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The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela

As the University of Hawai`i was cozying up to GMO giant Monsanto, one of the school’s professors says that he was forced to tolerate a climate of “bigotry, retaliation and hostility” for speaking out about the potential risks of genetic engineering. The university disputes his charges.                         University of Hawaii Prof. Hector Valenzuela conducted experiments on organic farming at the university’s Waimanalo Experiment Station…
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The Ghost in the GMO Machine

While independent research shows that Chlorpyrifos, a Dow Chemical insecticide used in Kaua‘i's GMO fields, can cause significant harm to children nearby, Dow is intent on convincing the EPA ; by Paul Koberstein The bodies and minds of children living on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i are being threatened by exposure to chlorpyrifos, a synthetic insecticide that is heavily sprayed on fields located near their homes and schools. For decades, researchers have been publishing reports…
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Cascadia Times shares Kaua`i pesticide data

The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, a trade group representing the agricultural seed industry in Hawaii, is saying in a statement on its web site and in stories published in a Hawaiian newspaper that it is “disturbed” by our alleged “lack of understanding” of farming practices and “complete disregard for scientifically sound interpretation, statistical analysis and presentation of the data” in our stories about pesticide use in field testing of GMO products on Kaua`i here and…
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THE CONTAMINATION OF NATURAL KAUA`I

The rare plants and wildlife of Kaua`i are put at risk by the toxic chemicals used on the island’s GMO test fields Viewed from the top of the Waimea River Canyon, a series of micro-ecosystems have carved niches into the landscape from the mountain to the shore of the Pacific Ocean, just 12 miles away. Four giant agribusinesses operate GMO test fields on the lowlands in between. Photograph by Elsa Flores Almaraz.   By Paul…
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The Kaua`i Cocktail

Highly toxic pesticides are being applied to GMO test fields on Kaua`i at a much higher rate than on most US farms, an analysis of new data reveals Stiff trade winds blow chemicals and dust from GMO test fields across the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i. Photo by Klayton Kubo   By Paul Koberstein/Cascadia Times WAIMEA, HAWAI`I – The Hawaiian island of Kaua`i has become Ground Zero in the intense domestic political battle over genetically modified crops.…
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Exporting Destruction: Corporate Gold Mining Threatens Mountaintop and a Small Mining Town

Mining companies have aimed at another mountaintop for gold, in "Marmato," a film that captures their transformative impacts to a Colombian town "Marmato"  by Jake Bortnick and Chris Buchal, for Cascadia Times "Marmato," a documentary that debuted at the 2014 Sundance film festival about gold mining in a small Colombian town of the same name, took director Marc Greico six years to make, and underscores a wider story of a pattern of exploitation of small foreign…
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