Farmers need to show face

No doubt you’ve heard about Saturday’s March for Science, which is gaining traction across the globe. But you may be wondering, as a farmer, what does it have to do with me?

The answer is this: Everything!

As researchers at the recent meeting of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science made clear, agriculture is science.

Whether it’s Norman Borlaug sparking the “green revolution” or researchers at the University of Hawaii developing new varieties of tropical crops, science plays a foundational role in advancing agriculture.

We’ve also seen in recent years the kind of trouble that results for Hawaii agriculture when special interest groups use fear-mongering to displace evidence-based policy making.

As farmers and agricultural supporters, we need to stand up for science. We need to show our support for the public sector research that benefits our work and helps us become more successful farmers.

And we need to remind legislators and others that laws, regulations and policies must be based on scientific evidence.

It’s never easy for farmers to leave their work and join a public rally. But this weekend’s March for Science is a good time to show face. You may be pleasantly surprised to find you have a lot of support out there in the community.

Events are being held on every island:

Oahu: UH Manoa, Bachman lawn (corner of Dole and University) 3-6 pm Saturday, with march from 4-5 pm.

Hawaii Island: Kickoff event 5:30 pm Friday at the soccer field pavilion downtown.Hilo

Kauai: Sign-holding 11 am to 1 pm at the corner of Ahukini Road and Kapule Highway, across from the airport

Maui:
9-11 am Saturday, Great Lawn of the UH Maui campus, 310 W. Ka’ahumanu Ave.

For more information, visit http://marchforsciencehawaii.info.