Ige Nominates Monsanto Grower to State House Seat, Young Bros. Head to Ag Post

Governor David Ige, already under fire for choosing Castle & Cooke lobbyist Carleton Ching to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources,  has made two more controversial appointments. The day after State Representative Mele Carroll (East Maui, Molokai, Lanai) passed away from cancer, Ige has nominated Maui rancher and farmer Lynn DeCoite to take her place. DeCoite owns L&R Farm Enterprises and R.J.’s Snacks and co-owns the V-8 Ranch on Molokai; she’s served as chair of the Farm Service Agency (Maui County) and president of the Molokai Homestead Farmer’s Alliance, and is a former board member of the Molokai Planning Commission.

“I’m confident Ms. DeCoite knows the issues facing the district and will listen to her constituents to address their concerns…She has deep roots in the community and is committed to overcoming the challenges by forming partnerships and working collaboratively,” Ige said in his press release about the nomination.

Carroll had resigned her House seat on February 1 due to her worsening medical condition.  DeCoite was one of three names suggested to the governor by a Democratic Party committee to fill the vacant seat.

But the nomination has already drawn fire from the anti-GMO organization Babes Against Biotech.

“We have been aware for some time that L&R Farms, owned by Mrs. Decoite, is under contract with Monsanto to grow seed corn. Lynn herself confirmed this to our Maui Chapter Coordinator over an extensive phone conversation in March of last year; it is not something she is ashamed to admit,” pointed out a statement from Babes Against Biotech, which called her nomination “another political powder keg. This nomination would create an even larger firestorm of public criticism and discontent, than his highly contentious nomination of Carleton Ching to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources.”

Also yesterday, the Molokai News reported that Ige had nominated Glenn Hong, president of Hawaiian Tug & Barge Corp. and Young Brothers Ltd., to the state’s Board of Agriculture.  A fair percentage of the cargo that Hong’s companies haul consists of meat, eggs and produce imported from California, Chile and elsewhere.

19 replies
  1. Richard Ha
    Richard Ha says:

    I know Lynn Decoite. She is a real commercial farmer.She has a strong moral core and is not afraid to make principled decisions.

  2. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Sorry Dr Ha, Industrial Ag using gmo corn demonstrates lack of moral core and lack of principled decision making.
    I have been a commercial organic papaya grower whose fields were regularly contaiminated by gmo papayas.
    I lost organic certification.
    The same will happen to organic corn growers.
    How is that invasion ‘moral’ or ‘principled’.
    Corporate death shills.
    Ige has sold us out early.

  3. mike middlesworth
    mike middlesworth says:

    Is it your contention that only anti-GMO persons should be appointed to state positions?

  4. Richard Ha
    Richard Ha says:

    Aloha Kelly;
    The National Organic Standard Board does not allow your certification to be pulled if you are doing the organic procedure. I can help you get your certification back. What is your full name Kelly? The papaya farmers surround the Non GMO crop with GMO papayas to protect against the ringspot virus. You could work with your neighbors to do that.

  5. Karen Chun
    Karen Chun says:

    Lynn DeCoite makes no secret about her membership in the illegal cock fighting organization Moloka’i Gamefowl Assoc and enjoys watching animals be pitted against each other, torn apart, bloodied and killed.

    Gov Ige appointed someone who scoffs at the law? A sadist who enjoys watching animals suffer? Really?

    Who the heck is advising Ige? See karenchun.com for photos, videos and links to DeCoite’s illegal activities.

  6. Karen Chun
    Karen Chun says:

    District 13 voted 59% to 41% FOR the GMO Moratorium.

    Appointing a Monsanto GMO farmer to represent this district is a real slap in the face.

    She could never have won in a fair election.

    The other two candidates were much more qualified and a better fit for District 13.

    Lucienne de Naie had run for county council and won district 13. (On Maui the whole county votes for councilmembers)She is popular on Maui, Lana’i and Moloka’i

    Lori Buchanan is a leader at Maui Invasive Species Committee and a well known figure at the legislature. She lives on Moloka’i but is popular throughout the district.

    Both of these women would have been far better choices.

  7. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Aloha Dr. Ha-
    While I sold the farm last year, we had our organic papayas tested for gmo contamination twice yearly,
    and a percentage always tested positive for gmo.
    And while we kept free of ringspot
    (because of organic practices)
    the nearby gmo papayas STILL get ringspot,
    still use copious amounts of
    rodenticides, all petroleum based poisons,
    polluting and Non-sustainable.
    And then of course petroleum based urea fertilizers are used by the many 100s of tons. Then most of the crop is shipped away; it’s not even food for Hawaii.
    Gmo papaya is not a success story, unless your only measurement is short term dollar profits.
    Clean air, clean water, and clean sustainable food
    don’t get valued in our economic system.
    This is why there is a global push, recently embraced by
    the UN, for the expansion of family farms as the best, most productive way to feed ourselves.
    Industrial farming is a major global threat to our
    fragile biosphere as we face the 6th great extinction.
    To Mike, yes, to any ag related positions.

  8. Richard Ha
    Richard Ha says:

    In 1960, when I was in the 10th grade I spent the summer picking pineapple at Maunaloa on Molokai. We worked six days and had Sundays off. Around 12:00 a policeman would drive up to the park and leave. Then the chicken fights would begin. It was like a carnival every Sunday. There were food concessions and it was a big party atmosphere. Am I shocked that Lynn Decoite acknowledged even celebrated this tradition? No. It is what it is. Lynn is a real person. I am not making any judgement about the other candidates. I don’t know them. But, it does not change my impression of Lynn Decoite. I know her, I trust her!

  9. Karen Chun
    Karen Chun says:

    It is extremely telling that one of the most active pro-GMO posters (Ha) is defending Lynn and also defending the cruel, sadistic practice of cock fighting.

    Yes, Richard, my husband too worked in the pineapple fields when he was young and saw cock fighting. Does he condone it? No. He is a better man. One who doesn’t enjoy seeing animals killed and maimed for entertainment.

    Richard, people also fight dogs. Do you condone that too?

    To defend it as “cultural” is laughable since it originated with the very “outsiders” that Lynn condemns.

  10. Richard Ha
    Richard Ha says:

    I do not condone either chicken or dog fighting. I do not and have not participated in either. In the 40’s and 50’s my dad was an active skin diver. He and his friends were legendary in their feats. Some of the more memorable stories he told us small kids was about spearing Honu and how they had to grab the shell and steer it to the surface from 60 ft down all on one breath. Turtle meat was a delicacy then. I could tell when they split up the catch. Should I pretend it never happened? Does that mean I should throw away everything my dad stood for? I believe Lynn will make the best decisions possible given any particular circumstance.

  11. Richard Ha
    Richard Ha says:

    I am not pro GMO so much as I am pro science. Show me the science and I am willing to change my mind. GMO is a small part of the food security concerns for Hawaii. The bigger problem is that petroleum products are finite and we are starting to see signs that there will be serious consequences. It takes 10 calories of petroleum energy to make one calorie of food. How can we change that ratio, keeping in mind that we need to feed a lot of people and we must not forget the most defenseless among us. We can use science and our public sector agencies to help us do that. But, it is very difficult to have a serious conversation when everyone is yelling and calling each other names. We could use your help in helping Hawaii dodge the bullet. You are very passionate and effective in what you do.

  12. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Aloha Senor Ha – Thank you for your
    willingness to reassess.
    Science has allowed humans to make great things, like bicycles, and skateboards, and lydocaine and fibers, some of my favorites.
    Would you agree, though, that ‘science’ takes on many forms?
    Thalidomide was a scientific breakthrough, marketed, though, without employing the core scientific restraint,
    ‘the precautionary principle.’
    Distorted limbs and appendages.
    There is good science and bad science, there is corporate science, and public good science.
    Gmo production and consumption are large corporate experiments underway without our consent.
    Pesticide, herbicide, fungicide use go up as this science develops.
    Beyond the immediate faulty science of Monsanto, et al, I don’t want global chemical corporations controlling the food supply. See mexico for just one example.
    Science proves that there is a better way;
    with localized organic food production,
    with the most defenseless among us.
    Please talk with Richard Heinberg, your contemporary at the Post Carbon Institute http://www.postcarbon.org/
    about these issues. Aloha

  13. Puna Ohana
    Puna Ohana says:

    Ha Ha Ha “Then the chicken fights would begin. It was like a carnival every Sunday. There were food concessions and it was a big party atmosphere. Am I shocked that Lynn Decoite acknowledged even celebrated this tradition? No. It is what it is.” And WHAT it is, is ILLEGAL. But that ok it is what is is.
    Well anything else you say is folly if you are of that mind.

  14. Hawaiino
    Hawaiino says:

    Scrolling through older posts when I saw this inflammatory title…. Though if it had been ( more accurately) ” Iges Nominates Farmer… ” I still might have stopped to read.

    Good grief, enough of the demonizing to gain cheap page views. Monsanto is having seed corn produced on Molokai and the worldwide market of farmers clamor for it. They pay a premium for the seed because yields are up near 40% since transgenic breeding of corn became prevalent and there’s only a 5% increase in pesticide use in that same time. That’s a huge benefit and then you also factor in reduced tillage leading to lower carbon use. Finally, the pesticides used are less toxic than what they replace. Farmers aren’t fools, they are the ultimate pragmatists. That’s a good thing for people throughout the world.

    BTW Kelly, when you write;

    “….the core scientific restraint, ‘the precautionary principle.’”

    Well, you just made that up! The precautionary principal ( PP) is not part of any legitimate scientific process, including “restraint”. In that it requires the proof of the absence of a negative it is illogical and mainly relies on an argument from ignorance. In fact it’s adoption would preclude many scientific endeavours and have a major effect on solving the world’s current and future problems.

    Caution, prudence, proof of effect, testable hypothesis and repeatable results are all part of the scientific process, including ” restraint”.
    The PP is, to the world’s benefit, not. It has, however, been condemned as a conceit of haves over have-nots and as elitest. The reasons for this include that
    the affect of stopping progress until all risks have been assessed and mitigated would act to maintain the technological status quo, leaving those lesser developed economies or lower resource states at a permanent disadvantage. Is this what you want, a “future primitive”?

    And you thought this was just about transgenics and glyphosate?

    Congratulations Lynne Decoite, farmer.

  15. Richard Ha
    Richard Ha says:

    Puna Ohana. Of course chicken fighting and dog fighting is illegal. So, is spearing Honu. But, that does not mean you cannot trust the credibility of someone who talks about it. We need to get past the small battles and focus on what is going to be a very serious issue for us and future generations…energy, affordable energy, to help us do our work.

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