SAVE MAUI FARMERS!

SAVE MAUI FARMERS!

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Madge Schaefer started this petition to Maui County Council and

SAVE MAUI FARMERS!

NO ON A NEW COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

 Unfair rules are going to be imposed of Maui farmers which could cause some to lose their livelihood. Farmers will be charged even more fees for this new department. For people on Maui it will greatly increase costs for locally grown food.  For taxpayers it will cost millions of tax dollars each year to duplicate services and build a larger bureaucracy.

The Maui Council wants to add even more oversight on farmers who already are drowning in federal and state regulations.  Council claims they want to encourage more to farm.  It will have exactly the opposite effect! 

Government needs to get out of the way of farmers and to offer practical support.  They need to give farmers the help they need not help that bureaucrats think they need.  They need an advocate, not another rule book.

Farming is a tough business. It is not a business that attracts people who are not willing to work hard, seven days a week, at risk for the all the hazards that can be thrown their way.  Maui people appreciate our farmers and support their success.

YET, NO ONE HAD TIME TO ASK THE FARMERS HOW THEY WOULD BE IMPACTED.

This is still a democracy, but the Council ignored the farmers.  In fact, the Councilman who proposed this refused to meet with the farmers with his staff reporting that he was “just too busy”.  And just too arrogant.

PROPAGANDA FOR THE PUBLIC SERVED UP BY THE COUNCIL.

“Food safety and security” is the basis for forming this expensive County Department of Agriculture. The message is designed to alarm residents.  It is a shameful smear.  Let’s be clear here.  Maui does not have a food safety problem.  This is county doublespeak for controlling what and how farmers must grow crops.  What’s unsafe is the Council, none of whom have farmed a day in their life, meddling with generations of farmers.

Three councilmembers and our Mayor opposed this new department citing huge costs(up to $10 million dollars for staff each year)at a time when the islands are reeling from the economic effects of Covid and have more than 30,000 residents unemployed, and the lack of collaboration with farmers.  A righteous position.

IF YOU SUPPORT OUR FARMERS AND WANT THEM TO SUCCEED, PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO TAKE THE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PROPOSAL OFF THE BALLOT.

 

 

 

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