Congratulations to Mayor Alan Arakawa for his statement opposing the Maui County farming ban initiative. If passed, we would have a moratorium on farming genetically engineered crops on Maui, Molokai and Lana'i, resulting in the elimination of 600 well-paying jobs in our community and the incomes these families depend on.
I'm concerned about the negative economic ripple effect that will harm both local businesses and their employees. We are just emerging from the worst economy since the Great Depression and don't need to initiate something that would move our economy backwards. In fact, this initiative is not a "moratorium" but a ban that could force the shutdown of many farms that have operated in Maui County for decades.
Thank you, Mayor Arakawa, for your leadership on this issue.